View from above, looking north-west by west, of the Jain temples at Girnar Hill, near Junagadh
Photographer: Sykes, D.H.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Jain temples on the Girnar Hill, near Junagadh, in Gujarat, taken by D.H. Sykes around 1869, from the Archaeological Survey of India. Mount Girnar rises more than 900 metres on the outskirts of Junagadh. It was an important pilgrimage centre since the 3rd century BC. The mountain is particularly sacred to the Jains but there are also several Hindu temples and a Muslim shrine. At a height of about 650 meteres there is a group of sixteen Jain sanctuaries, the largest dedicated to Neminatha. The temples were built in the 12th-13th centuries during the Solanki period and in later centuries.