Kelasuru – Its History, Acharya Veerasena & Leppa Jain Idols

– Article by Nitin H P (Mapping by – Brahmananda Chipre) Kelasuru (Kelasur), a remote village in the Gundlupet taluk of Chamarajanagar district holds a very unique place in Jainism with a prolonged history of 1300 years, it is associated with the renowned Jaina Acahrya Veeraseena and known for its unique Leppa idols. In the […]

Ancient Jaina Nishadhi & rare ruined Chaturmukha Idol found at Kunchuru, Haveri District, Karnataka

Ancient Jaina Nishadi & Rare Ruined Chaturmukha Tirthankar Idol Discovered at Kunchuru

Kunchuru (Hirekerur Taluk, Haveri District, Karnataka), November 24, 2013: An ancient Jaina Nishadi (memorial stone) and a rare ruined Chaturmukha idol has been discovered at Kunchuru village besides the Terina Mane (chariot house) in an open air in the Hirekerur taluk of Haveri district in Karnataka by Ravikumar K. Navalagunda a lecturer in Kannada at […]

K.Hemmanahalli’s Ruined Tirthankara idol

– Article by Nitin H P (Mapping by – Brahmananda Chipre) K.Hemmanahalli’s Ruined Tirthankara idol in the premises of a Hindu temple near Mysore – Worshiped as per Hindu Traditions K.Hemmanahalli – This is a small village situated at a distance of 9 Kms form Mysore. A ruined idol of Tirthankara has been burried through […]

Jain Basadis throw light on history

Mulluru (Kodagu District, Karnataka): One of the most ancient Jain centres in Kodagu is situated in Mulluru near Shanivarasanthe. Three Jain Basadis in memory of Jain Theerthankaras have been throwing light on the history of Jainism in the region. The place was the capital of the Kongalvas, who were the subordinates of the Cholas. There […]

Restoration hope for Jain relics

Behrampore (Odisha): In absence of any government response to save the Jain architecture and monuments in Murshidabad, many of them around one-and-a-half century old and depicting a fusion of Jain and Bengal’s architectural styles, Murshidabad Heritage Development Society is planning to create a kitty to fund the restoration. The project, submitted with the Ministry of […]

Ruined Parshwanath idol found at Marase, Mysore District, Karnataka, India. Photos by: Nitin H.P., Bangalore

Marase’s Ruined Parshwanath Idol

This is a small village situated at a distance of 11 Kms from Mysore & right opposite to the Mysore airport. The Parshwanath Tirthankara idol lies openly in the premises of Lakshmi temple of the village. The arched enclosure above the head along with the snake hoods and both the hands have been chopped off […]

Journey to moksha legend of the hidden Jain temple

A view of Chaturmukha Basadi – Gerusoppe Gerusoppe (Uttarakannada District, Karnataka): Chaturmukha Basadi, the 14th century Jain basti is one of Karnataka’s architectural wonders, hidden in the midst of the Western Ghats in the Uttar Kannada District. Your journey will take you past mountain waterfalls and across the perilous rope bridges that hang over the […]

Parshvanath worshipped as Betal at Ramnagar

Keri (Karnataka): In Sitawada of Ramnagar village in the neighbouring state of Karnataka, on the Goa-Belgaum highway, Hindus worship the broken idol of Jain Tirthankar Parshvanath as the folk deity Betal. Recently, a new temple was constructed with the name of folk deity Betal. People in Ramnagar’s Sitawada and Aadali areas culturally and religiously worship […]

Namma Madurai: History hidden inside a cave

The otherwise serene village of Keelavalavu is often in the news for the wrong reasons, usually simmering caste fanaticism and granite quarrying. Somehow, the village has managed to preserve the Jain beds that testify to its association with a 2500-year-old religion. A left turn on the Tirupathur road from Madurai leaves you on a country […]

Sacred Humcha beckons

Humcha is a sacred and important pilgrim centre, especially for Jains in southern India. Humcha, also known as ‘Pomburchha pura’ in inscriptions, is situated about 58 km from Shimoga town. Kadambas of Banavasi ruled Humcha between the third and sixth centuries AD. Later, it was ruled by Chalukyas of Badami between the sixth and eighth […]

Jain Monuments in peril

A bird’s-eye view from the Panchapandavar hillock at Keezhavalavu on the Melur-Tiruppattur road gives an idea of the threat posed by illegal quarrying to ancient monuments and archaeological sites. Private quarry operators have not spared archaeological sites. Thousands of granite blocks are piled up around the hillock as the areas close to the foothills have […]

History of Jainism in Goa

– Nitin H.P., Bengaluru History – Goa, the smallest state of India in Known for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by hundreds of thousands of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which […]

Bandora’s Jain Basti and Khandepar caves in peril

Bandora (Goa): Overgrown with shrubs on its structure and overshadowed by a few, neat villas adjacent, the 15th century Jain Basti in Bandora is crumbling from neglect and the onslaught of natural elements. Another pre-Portuguese monument, the caves at Khandepar, also in Ponda taluka, are tottering in similar decay. “This is the state of many […]

The Moodbidri Tales

– Ramachandra Guha Although I am not especially religious, I enjoy visiting old temples, for the beauty of their construction and the tranquillity of their surroundings. I live in Bangalore, a city whose colonial architecture is sparse and whose modern buildings are horrendously ugly. When friends come visiting, I take them on a day-trip either […]

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