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1885 photo of a ruined Hindu or Jaina temple converted into a mosque, Dholka, Gujarat

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1885 photo of a ruined Hindu or Jaina temple converted into a mosque, Dholka, Gujarat

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Photograph of a ruined temple converted into a mosque at Dholka, Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. In the 'Archaeological Survey of Western India, vol. IX', Burgess and Cousens, while describing the Jami Masjid, wrote, "There is also a portion of an old Hindu or Jaina temple 40 ft. by 27 ft., being an open portico, with forty pillars supporting two domes, which has also been converted into a rude mosque by simply constructing a mihrab in the west end of it. Probably the outer line of pillars also were at one time filled in by a brick wall, - now mostly gone."

Indus civilization, also called Indus valley civilization or Harappan civilization, the earliest known urban culture of the Indian subcontinent. The nuclear dates of the civilization appear to be about 2500–1700 BCE, though the southern sites may have lasted later into the 2nd millennium BCE. Among the world’s three earliest civilizations—the other two are those of Mesopotamia and Egypt—the Indus civilization was the most extensive.

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