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View showing large hill and stone tank in the valley at Sravana Belgola.

View showing large hill and stone tank in the valley at Sravana Belgola.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 430/41(90)

Item number: 4304190

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of hill and tank at Sravanabelgola, taken in the 1890s by an unknown photographer, is from the Curzon Collection's 'Souvenir of Mysore Album'.The view is from a neighbouring hill looking down onto the tank and across to the hill on whose summit can be seen the massive Gommateshvara (Jain saint) image. The caption accompanying the print reads, "On this hill, named Indra Betta, rising about 400 feet above the village below, is the colossal statue of Gomatesvara, 57 feet in height, surrounded by sacred buildings. An inscription at the foot of the image shows it was erected by Chamunda Roya, probably in 983. In the valley below is the splendid stone tank shown in the picture. Sravana Belgola is the chief seat of the Jain sect in Mysore and home of their principal guru."

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