Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Main façade of the Great Motisah Temple, Satrunjaya --Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David Medium: Photographic print Date: 1868
Photograph of the main façade of the great Motisah temple in Satrunjaya. Satrunjaya is an ancient Jain place of pilgrimage where the first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhadev obtained enlightenment. On the two summits of the hill, which rise 600 metres above the plain around the town of Palitana, there are many hundreds of multi-spired temples where every day pilgrims come to pay reverence to the different Jain saints. The sanctuaries are grouped in fortified enclosures or tuks, named after their founders and are not earlier than the 16th century as many were destroyed during the 14th-15th centuries by the Muslims. The Motisah Temple was built by a merchant family from Bombay in 1836. It has double-storey porches and an entrance gateway.