Posted: 02.05.2013
 
A stone idol of Jainism founder Mahaveer, dating back to the 8th century AD, was excavated from the bank of the Amaravathi River at Swaminathapuram village near the temple town. A team comprising archaeologist P. Narayanamurthy, Deputy Superintending Archaeologist Murtheswari and historian Raja conducted the dating of the idol. The five-foot-tall and four-foot-wide idol has been carved out in white granite...
Posted: 02.05.2013
 
Thanjavur, 16th April 2013, Stone sculptures of Jain, Vishnu and Lakshmi, said to belong to the 9th century period, was found in a village near Tirukkattuppalli in Thanjavur district. Jain sculpture with the Tirthankara in a sitting posture was found on a tank bund in the village. Similarly, a Vishnu sculpture, reportedly salvaged from a dilapidated temple in the village, has been now placed in a small temple...
Posted: 20.04.2013
 
The New Indian Express Kamal Basti: A Jain Wonder In Stone By G Nataraja Perumal 07th April 2013 12:00 AM Kamal Basti is an ancient Jain temple dating as far back as 1000 AD and situated in the famous Belgaum fort in Karnataka. Built in a typical Chalukya style, it stands testimony to the architectural genius and aesthetic sense of our forefathers. Even after hundreds of years, it still looks fresh; time cannot...
Posted: 20.04.2013
 
Villiyampakkam, Tamil Nadu, India In South India a Thirthankara Mahavir stone sculpture near Chenglepet (about 45 Km from Chennai) was found. A small video on the discovery of a Thirthankara sculpture near Chenglepet: Video: Sri Jinayanamah dear All one more discovery of a Thirthankara idol in Chenglepet village called Villiyampakkam located 7 Km from Chenglepet; on Chenglepet - Wallajapet road. A...
Posted: 02.04.2013
 
20.03 2013, New Delhi, Efforts to restore a seventh century Jain temple situated at Kundalpur hills in Madhya Pradesh have been stalled by the Supreme Court on an assertion by the Archaeological Survey of India that the structure was an ancient monument. Relying on a 1913 notification, ASI claimed to own the property and demanded immediate stoppage of all construction and restoration work carried out in and...
Posted: 31.07.2012
By 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 to Somanathapura, an exquisite Hoysala temple off the road to Mysore, or Lepakshi,...
Posted: 18.07.2012
By Dr. R. Nagaswamy
Pratishtha-tilaka of Nemicandra – A study Introduction Temple rituals are guided by textual material either ascribed to the Supreme or to an Eminent and venerated Acharya. It is the case with Shaiva temples, Vaishnavite temples, Jain and Buddhist temples. The codified scriptures give in most cases a continuation of what was going on in the previous centuries and so deserve attention though variations...
Posted: 16.07.2012
By Dr. B.S. Jain
To call the Mughal period as an age of innovation and renaissance in the arts of architecture and sculpture, is a mistake, because, in fact, it was a continuation of the techniques and processes of the Sultanate period during which the existing Indian and Islamic types of architecture blended together. There is no doubt that the Mughals developed the art to a very high degree of proficiency and erected...
Posted: 09.07.2012
 
Jain religious monuments are among the oldest and most ornate edifices erected in India. The Jain community was responsible for commissioning some of India's most lavish temples, both rock-cut and free-standing. The most famous are the spectacular white marble temples at Mount Abu. The white marble model pictured here is a small-scale replica of a medieval Jain temple in Gujarat. It replicates in its 200 parts...
Posted: 30.04.2012
 
India Post has issue a 5/- stamp on Godi Parshvanath Temple, a famous Jain Temple situated at Pydhonie, Mumbai on 17th April 2012. Hon. Min. of State for Comm. & IT Milind Deora released this stamp in a grand function at Mumbai. Constructed in 1812 by Moti Shah, a wealthy Jain businessman, Godiji is among the most prominent community temples in the city. The 200 years will be complete on 1stMay 2012, but the...
Posted: 02.12.2011
 
Deccan Herald Halebeedu (Hassan), sep 18, DHNS: As the 900-year-old Jain basadis and Parshvanath temple in Halebeedu are being neglected by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI). These historic sites are slowly eroding due to lack of maintenance. Vijayi Parshwanath temple at Bastihalli in the town and Jain basadi’s are losing sheen everyday. The foundation of the temple are slowly developing cracks. The...
Posted: 26.04.2011
 
India Abroad, April 15, 2011 Navin Shah, the doctor who helped pioneer a revolutionary ambulance service in India and winner of the India Abroad Community Service Award in 2007, makes a special pilgrimage of Jain holy shrines in Rajasthan and Gujarat. At Palitana some 1,300 beautifully carved marble temples are located on the tops of the Shatrunjaya hills After my yearly India visit - to New Delhi and Mumbai -...
Posted: 07.02.2011
By Dr. Naresh
Jain Temples of Punjab For centuries together, the Jains of Punjab have been the followers of the Jain saints who keep their mouth covered with a piece of cloth (mukhpatti) and thus attached to the “Dhoondhak Mat”. This sect of Jain religion, which is also known as “Dhoodhia sampradaya”, was established by Lonka Shah as a protest against the then prevalent idolatory among the ‘Shwetambaras’ with the...
Posted: 31.01.2011
 
Idol Installation in a Jain Temple Even today several new Jaina temples are being constructed. As seen earlier, the cult images are made for installation in new temples. An image, unless it undergoes the ceremony of installation through a series of rituals, is not qualified for worship in a Jaina temple. The ceremony lasts for three to five days of general worship of the five great Beings of Jainism, and...
Posted: 31.01.2011
 
The Jain Temple Though the Jainas do not worship any transcendental God and are supposed to be atheistic, they have constructed magnificent temples and have evolved a complex set of rituals. Purifying the soul through meditation and asceticism, trying to put an end to all misery and attaining the highest liberation or nirvana is the aim of all human existence. This goal has been attained by the Tirthankaras. To...

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