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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hutheesing Jain Temple - Ahmedabad

Hutheeseing Mandir, a charming amalgam

– Article & Photo Courtesy: J Varadarajan, The Hindu The Hutheesing Mandir, Ahmedabad, is one of the finest examples of Jain architecture. Hutheesing Mandir, Ahmedabad, has everything that a 21 century city can offer: modern infrastructure, connectivity and numerous cultural treasures as memoirs of the past. The Hutheesing Jain temple was built in 1848 A.D., […]

Nellikar, Vestiges of a bygone era

– Article by Prasad Shenoy, (Translated by Anitha Pailoor), Deccan Herald Nellikar, a small hamlet set in the serene surroundings of Western Ghats is a window to the Jain tradition that dominated considerable part of coastal region of undivided Dakshina Kannada five centuries ago. Nellikar was earlier known as ‘Amalakapura’. Amalaka is the Sanskrit name […]

Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani Basadi (1000 pillars temple) - Moodabidri

The myriad moods of Moodabidri

– Article by Hazel Colaco, Deccan Herald Moodabidri, the very name evokes images of a cluster of bamboo groves. Mooda means east and bidre is bamboo and it is said that the abundance of bamboo groves in the area gave the place its name. However, there is more to Moodabidri than just bamboo. Situated 37 […]

Jain heritage of Haduvalli

– Article by Narayana Yaji, Deccan Herald Haduvalli, a small village near Bhatkal is known for its Jain heritage. There are a number of Jain temples or basadis in this village, which once was a Jain cultural centre. These relics of the past are declared as protected monuments under the Ancient Monument And Archeological Sites […]

13th Century Jain Nishadi's of a Single family discovered, Reveals interesting facts

13th Century Jain Nishadi’s of a Single family discovered, Reveals interesting facts

– Photos & Article by Ravikumar K. Navalagunda, Harihara (Translated to English by Nitin H.P.) Three Jain Nishadi’s (memorial stones installed in memory of Jain ascetics or Shravakas who have renounced their life by undertaking sallekhana) of 13th century belonging to the same family have been discovered at Kadakola village in Haveri district of Karnataka. […]

Manne’s Ancient Jain Ruins

– Article & Photos by: Nitin H.P., Bengaluru An article about the Jain ruins at Manne an ancient Jain Heritage Centre that served as a capital of Gangas for a considerable period. Ganga’s have always contributed enormously to art, culture and religions. Their contribution to Jainism is worth noting, this is evident through the remarkable […]