History – Hubli is an important city of Karnataka. It is well know for its commercial religious and cultural importance. Concordance of religion is its inherent slogan. It was here that the message of ‘Ahimsa Paramodarmaha’ found its fragrance and evenacense.The place was the abode of Jainism during the period of Kalyana Chalukyas. Between 10th and 12th centuries it was the part of Beluvala-300 and Halasige-12000. In an inscription of 11th century Hubli is called as Eleyapurvadhahalli. In a treaty between the Vijayanagara Kings and Portugese (1547 A.D.) it was called Hobeli. it was for a period of Hubli was the main seat of Yapaniya sect of Jainism. However this sect merged with the Digambara sect in the due course.The 10 Jain temples (ancient and modern) of the place denote the symbolic representation of religious awareness.
The Digambara temples of Hubli are:
- Sri Adinatha temple of old Hubli:This temple takes back the history of the place to about 900 years ago.The peculiarity of this temple is that though it is called as Adinatha temple we will not find the idol of Bhagwan Adinatha, instead we can find the attractive and artistic idol of Bhagwan Vardhamana Mahavir which is about 7 feet high. One can also find the idols of Mathange and siddayini Yakshi and also the idol of Sri.Brahmadeva.It is said that the Jain idols that were got from the Doddakere water tank in a place named Haggere near Hubli was the main cause for the construction of this temple.
- The Parshwanatha temple of Hakkipet is about 200 years old. Here the black attractive idol of Bhagwan Parshwanatha is the main diety. In this temple one can also find the metal idols of Siddaraparameshti, Nandishvara, Nasvadevata and Mahavera, we can also find the black idol of Godess Padmavathi Devi.
- Bhagwan Adinatha temple of new Hubli is an amalgamation of old and new Architecture.Here the black idol of Adinatha is the main diety. Wecan also find the idols of Sri Chandranatha and Sri Neminatha made out of white stone. Also is found the metal idols of Siddakuta, Siddaparameshti, Navadevata, Parshwanatha and many others and idol of Godess Jwalamalini Devi made out of black stone is very attractive.
- Sri Shanthinatha temple situated in Mahavera street near Morusavira math is designed in the northern style of archietecture.Here the black idol of Sri Shanthinatha is worshiped as the main diety. Along with that we can also find the metal idols of Siddaparameshti,Chouvisa tirthankara, Navadevata, Bahubali, Padmavathi and Jwalamalini Devi.
- Sri.Chandranatha Basadi which is situated very near to the Shanthinatha temple. It contains the metal idols of Sri Bahubali, Navadevata, Siddakuta, Chauvisa tirthankara and Godess Padmavathi.
- Sri Chandraprabha temple of the Jain boarding home is another important place to visit.
- There is also a small Shambavanatha temple in hosur area.
The Swethambara Temples: There is a Nakoda Parshwanatha temple in Keshavapur. Sri Shanthinatha temple in the Kanchagara lane and Ajithanatha temple of Kutch Oswal constitute the Swethambara temples.
Sri Vardhamana Jaina Sthanikavasi temple in the Kanchagara lane and Terapanthi Upasana Temple Stand as a testimony where no idols are worshiped.
How to Reach – This place being one of the important buisness places of the state has got good bus and railway facilities connecting the diffrent parts of the country.There also a railway junction at this place.This place is 21 Kms from Dharwad and 101 Kms from Belguam.