12th Century's Sallekhana Jain Inscription found at Harakere Village, Shivamogga District, Karnataka.

12th Century’s Sallekhana Memorial Discovered in Shivamogga District

– Nitin H P Shivamogga/Shimoga, 2nd December 2018: A 12th century’s sallekhana memorial has been discovered by R Shejeshwar, Asst. Director of Shivappa Nayaka’s fort, Shivamogga and research scholar Dr Jagadesh. The inscription has been discovered at Harakere village in front of the Nandi Basaweshwara Temple, Shivamogga taluk, Shivamogga district during a recent field. The […]

The steps leading to Mandaragiri Hill

Mandaragiri’s Jain Heritage Rediscovered

– Nitin H.P. You go in search of something, but you stumble upon completely different. It is much more prevalent in history and leads to a different set of discoveries. Here is one such instance of the research conducted by Dr. D.V.Paramashiva Murthy (a professor at Tumkur University, Tumkur) and his team at Mandaragiri, a […]

Kazhugumalai (Kalugumalai) Rock cut Jain carvings, Tamil Nadu.

How did Jainism spread in South India? A small town in Tamil Nadu holds the answer

– Article by Mahima A Jain (Article Courtesy: Scroll.in, Images: Prof. Kanaka Ajithadoss) For the marginalised Tamil Jain community, Kazhugumalai is of great religious significance. The hillock rises along a long-forgotten trade route, one boulder piled atop another with seeming disregard to the rules of gravity. The town of Kazhugumalai (also spelt Kalugumalai) in Thoothukudi […]

Two Ancient Jain Inscriptions of 12th-13th Century Found at Makodu Village, Mysuru District

Two Ancient Jain Inscriptions of 12th-13th Century found at Makodu Village, Mysuru District

Mysuru (Karnataka), 6th October 2018: Two ancient Jain inscriptions of 12th-13th century have been found at Sri Parshwanath Swamy Basadi in Makodu village, Periyapatna Taluk, Mysuru district. Nitin H P, the founder and executive director of www.jainheritagecentres.com (JHC) has informed that, “the inscriptions are discovered during the renovation work of the temple. One of the inscriptions […]

Jain Inscription Discovered at Quilashpur

Historians discover Jain inscription at Quilashpur

Warangal (Telangana), June 22, 2017: An ancient Jain inscription has been discovered by historians in the Quilashapur fort in Raghunathapalli of Jangaon district. Local historian Reddy Ratnakar Reddy was exploring the village’s prominent historical place, when he first saw the inscription on the left wall of the fort, 15 feet from the ground. Apart from […]

This Jain programme can improve your memory, scientists back claim

The programme called Saraswati Sadhana needs to be followed for 36 days. A programme for improving one’s memory that the Jain community has believed in for years has now been scientifically proven. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists have revealed the results of research done on 104 students who followed the Saraswati Sadhana programme for […]

Geeta Chandran presents ‘Anekanta’ at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha

Echoes of Jain philosophy

‘Anekanta’ was based on embracing diversity. ‘There is one truth, but the wise man sees it in different ways.’ There are multiple versions to what is the truth, which varies according to the perception of each individual. Geeta Chandran’s new solo performance, titled ‘Anekanta,’ is inspired by the Jain philosophy of embracing diversity and accepting […]

Bastimakki’s Grants Inscription – Dana Shasana

– Nitin H.P. Executive Director www.jainheritagecentres.com Highlights A Grants Inscription – also called as Dana Shasana. Mentions about Jain rituals, services  & festivals that were performed during that period  – Hâlu-dhâre – anointing an idol by milk, Ashtàhnihâ, Jïvadayâshtami, Srïpanchami. Provides information about Suparshwanath temple’s construction and 4 grants made to the temple. Inscription belongs to […]

Marasimhas - Inscription at Shravanabelagola

Marasimha’s Inscription at Shravanabelagola

– Nitin H.P. (HPN@JHC), Executive Director, www.jainheritagecentres.com Uniqueness – A Sallekhana Memorial – also called as a Nishadi. An example for a Kamba Nishadhi – Pillar Nishadi of a  King attaining Samadhi through Sallekhana. This is the 1st instance of a Nishadi inscribed on a Brahma stambha. Gives a detailed account of the king’s valour, […]

Jain Inscription found at Mallaram of Malhar mandal, in Karimnagar district, Andhra Pradesh.

Inscription on the last Jain temple in Telangana found

A three-faced stone inscription examined by a historian, Dyaavanapalli Satyanarayana, in Mallaram of Malhar mandal in Karimnagar district appears to indicate that it was indeed the last Jain temple in the region, also pointing out the patronage of the religion, 850 years ago. When deciphered, the inscription in Sanskrit and Telugu languages narrate how a […]

A Jain footprint in South India

– Article & Images by Kamala Thiagarajan Wandering monks once made their home in South India, leaving behind an ancient legacy in the heart of the wild It is, without a doubt, one of the most desolate places I have visited and yet there is a wild, windswept beauty here that is at once ethereal […]

Ancient Jain Inscription & Nishadi discovered at Honnatti village in Haveri District of Karnataka.

12th Century Jain Inscription & Nishadi Discovered at Honnatti

Honnatti (Ranebennur Taluk, Haveri District, Karnataka), September 10, 2014: An ancient Jain inscription and a Nishadi (Jain memorial stone) have been discovered at Honnatti in Ranebennur Taluk of haveri district in Karnataka. This was discovered by Sri Ravikumar K Navalagunda, lecture of  Kannada, Government Per-University College, Bannikod, Harihara. Ravikumar is a research scholar perusing his […]

Paryushan Festival rooted in non-violence, meditation, forgiveness

– KIRIT C. DAFTARY Whatever else this week represents, it marks the conclusion of the Paryushan Festival, a time for self-analysis and soul-searching rooted in Jainism, an Eastern religion and philosophy dating more than 2,600 years ago. Its three major tenets are Ahimsa (nonviolence), Anekantvad (multiple points of view) and Aprigraha (nonattachment). From Sept. 2-19, […]

Lord Krishna & Jainism

(Published in February 2004 issue of ‘Jaina Voice’ a publication of WWW.JAINHERITAGECENTRES.COM) Lord Krishna occupies a unique position in the Indian religious tradition. He embodies himself the luminous stature in the traditions of Jaina, Buddha and Vaishnava cults. Furthermore Krishna’s prehistoric relation with Jaina literature is blended with the core of his teachings and achievements. […]

US-Born Jains Make Ascetic Faith Fit Modern Life

The ancient Indian religion of Jainism, a close cousin of Buddhism, has often been a hard sell in the U.S. with a strict adherence to nonviolence that forbids eating meat, encourages days of fasting and places value on even the smallest of insects. Now younger Jains who resist the elaborate rituals of their parents, which […]

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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 […]

Enlightenment on an Intimate Scale

By James C. Ackerman Sixteen years after retiring from teaching, I visited India for a tour of Rajasthan and saw the Adinatha temple at Ranakpur, which transformed my perspective on Western architecture. Virtually every visible interior surface of this stone temple, save the floor, is devoted to sculpted representations of deities and mythical beings drawn […]