Rare statutes and pictures of Jain gurus on display

Indore (Madhya Pradesh), 17th September 2018: A total of 44 rare statues and their 66 pictures belonging to 6th to 17th century have been displayed for the first time in the city at Canary National Art Foundation during a 20-day-long exhibition. The exhibition organised by Digamber Jain Samaj in collaboration with Jain Museum, Digambar Jain Malwa Prantik Sabha, was inaugurated on Sunday.

These statues were found over 100 years ago from Malwa region including Dhar, Guna, Badnawar, Kukshi, Jamner and other places. “These are the rare statues. We have brought only the movable ones to the city. We have organised this exhibition to mark our Paryushan Parv,” Malwa Prantik Sabha president Pradeep Kasliwal said. The exhibition will be open for all from 12pm to 7pm and is free of cost, he added.

The oldest statue in the exhibition is of Khadagasan Tirthankar, which belongs to seventh century AD. The newest is of Dhyanasth Jinakriti of 16-17 century AD.

In pictures of the statues, Tirthankar Aadinath Khadagasan of seventh-eighth century is the oldest, whereas the newest is that of Tirthankar Padmaprabh of 16th century
AD. A three dimensional statue of Aadinath Choubisi, which belongs to the 9-10th century, is the most attractive picture.

Pointing towards the picture, Kundkund Gyanpeeth researcher Dr Arvind Jain said, “A rarest three dimensional statue of Aadinath Choubisi of 9-10th century is at the Jain museum in Ujjain. It is three feet high. We couldn’t bring it here so we got picture of the statue.”

The Jain museum of Ujjain has 560 statues out of which 200 have been put on display. – News Courtesy: Times of India

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