Kallubasti

A ruined ancient Digambar Jain temple of 11th Century A.D. in Chikamagalur District, Karnataka, India. Located in the midst of Western Ghats. – Article, Photos, Video & Video Editing  – Nitin H.P., Bengaluru Karnataka has always been a hotbed of Jainism. We can find historical references about the presence of Jainism in Karnataka since 2nd century […]

Jain Tirthankar idol at Hanamkonda

Hanamkonda, Warangal were once Jain learning centres

Hyderabad: Based on archaeological evidences, the member of the committee on Telangana History, Ramoju Haragopal and his team found out that Warangal and Hanamkonda were once thrived as seats of Jain learning. According to the Warangal Kaifiyat (local records), Jains of Vengi region migrated to Hanamkonda on account of attacks against them. The Kakatiya Prola-II […]

Idol of Lord Bahubali at Venur

Rendezvous With Karnataka’s Jaina Trail

The more I see, the more I’m fascinated with temple architecture in India. This urge has been fuelled manifold since our taking up residence in Bengaluru a few years ago. For Karnataka is strewn with monuments that are as varied in their construction style and ornamentation as the dynasties that gave birth to them. One […]

ಬಸದಿ ಹೊಸಕೋಟೆಯ ಭಗವಾನ್ ಬಾಹುಬಲಿ ವಿಗ್ರಹ.

A forgotten Jain site

Kushal V R visits the Jain shrines and other relics in Basadi Hosakote, a nondescript village in Mandya district that was a major Jain pilgrimage centre in the past. In the history of humankind, how god should be worshipped evolved into various different religions. While some of these religions have disappeared into oblivion, others flourished […]

Varuna Jain Ruins & Inscriptions

Varuna a small hamlet situated at a distance of 12 Kms from Mysore the cultural capital of Karnataka at the outset appears just like any another village in Karnataka until we start exploring its heritage. It bears a rich heritage in terms of history and culture from the period of early Western Gangas of Talakad […]

Warangal’s strong Jainism link revealed

Carvings prove Jainism flourished in the region known for the Kakatiya dynasty. The Kakatiya dynasty has become so synonymous with Warangal that many do not know the fact that Jainism had been prevalent in the area, for a long time. In fact, historians say Warangal once flourished as a spiritual centre for the Jains and […]

Carving of Gajalakshmi on Indragiri Hillock at Shravanabelagola

Jain History Rocks

With a colossal statue of Bahubali watching over ancient hieroglyphics, Shravanabelagola holds both, surprises and shocks for history buffs Karnataka has a lot to offer the road-trip enthusiast: there’s the ancient temple town of Hampi; Badami, the site of cave temples carved out of sandstone; and then, there’s the lesser-known Shravanabelagola, a place of religious […]

Shravanabelagola's - Siddhara Gundu and its heritage

Shravanabelagola’s Siddhara Gundu and its Heritage

– Article & photos by Nitin H.P. A rock boulder located besides Akhanda Bagilu on Indragiri Hillock, Shravanabelagola, Hassan District, Karnataka, India. Has 8 inscriptions – related to carvings on the hillock, Sallekhana memorials, visit of devotees & construction of a water reservoir. Seven Sallekhana memorials with & without inscriptions. Carvings of Jinas and a group […]

A look at Jain manuscripts and drawings from the early 19th century

The British Library’s Mackenzie Collection provides a fascinating record of Jainism in Karnataka over 200 years ago. The British Library holds over a thousand Jain manuscripts, most of which were collected in the 19th Century, by Indologists and East India Company officials. In a recent blog, Pasquale Manzo, the British Library’s Sanskrit curator, gives an […]

A part of the temple complex.

Jain temple ruins ‘conserved’ for Rs 72 lakh?

Jaipur: The ancient Jain temple at Juna, located in land belonging to the forest department about 12 kilometres from the headquarters of Barmer district in Rajasthan, is dated to the 12th century. However, when visitors visit the spot, they see only rubble. A board at the spot proclaims that this is a protected monument, one […]

Renovation of Sri Parshwanath Jain Temple at Makodu

Download high res posters in Kannada & English for distribution and putting up in temples The Parshwanath Swamy Digambar Jain temple at Makodu, a silent village in the Periyapatna taluk of Mysuru district is in a very dilapidated condition and demands immediate attention of the community. The preparations are under way for the renovation of […]

Welcome to ‘Jinayatra’

Jinayatra, the word might sound interesting for some and pretty outdated for a few and few others might feel that it is all about Jainism and Jain travelogue. Yes, that is true, agree with both the thoughts. For many it might mean a journey through Jain pilgrim places of worship. This is true but not […]

Doorway to Jaina history

-Article by: T.S. Subramanian Photos by : K. Bhagyaprakash At Artipura / Aretippur in Karnataka the ASI unearths a Jaina centre that flourished during the time of the Gangas and the Hoysalas. By T.S. SUBRAMANIAN It is hard not to relish the sights along the way to Kanakagiri, a granite hillock at Artipura village in […]

Bahubali of Artipura

-Article by: T.S. Subramanian Photo by : K. Bhagyaprakash Less than a kilometre from the Kanakagiri hillock at Artipura is a steep hill called Savanappana Gudda. On top of it stands a 10-foot-tall monolithic sculpture of Gomatesvara. While the imposing 57-foot (17.37-metre) monolithic statue of Gomatesvara, or Prince Bahubali, at Sravanabelagola in Karnataka is world […]

Stunning Jain manuscripts from the 13th century go online

Works in Sanskrit, Prakrit, Hindi, Gujarati and Rajasthani have been digitised by the British Library. Image credit:  via www.jainpedia.org Adhai-dvipa, ‘Two and a half continents’. Painting on cloth, 18th century (British Library Or 13937).Most of the Jain manuscripts originally belonged in several individual collections acquired in India during the 19th century by Indologists and employees […]

Newly Found 12th Century - Sallekhana Memorial is Karmadevaru for Locals

Newly Found “Sallekhana” Memorial is “KarmaDevaru” for Locals

– Photos & Article by Ravikumar K. Navalagunda, Harihara (Translated to English by Nitin H.P.) A Nishadi stone of 12th century has been discovered in the premises of Karmadevara Gudi at Kunchuru village in Hirekerur taluk of Haveri district in Karnataka. It has been found in the midst of shrubs in an open field at […]

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