Posted: 24.07.2012
 
Illuminated manuscripts The study, recitation and veneration of sacred scriptures are a primary religious focus of the Jains. Important sermons, canonical texts and commentaries were transmitted orally long before being committed to writing. Exactly when Jain texts began to be illustrated is uncertain; the oldest surviving examples date from around the 10th-11th century, but many state that they were copied...
Posted: 20.07.2012
 
Jain Archaeological Evidences of post-Sunga Period have been found in several places of Northern India. These range from inscriptions, temples and idols of various Jains of this period. Jain Archaeological Evidences of Post Sunga Period have been found scattered all over Northern India. Inscriptions and statues of various Jains of this period (B.C. 188 to A.D. 319) have been excavated from different places...
Posted: 19.07.2012
 
The artistic traditions of the three major early Indian religions - Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism - all reflect the yogic ideal in their figural art. The commissioning of images which extol these virtues was an important aspect of the devotional activity of the lay community. The ascetic, or yogi, free of possessions, spiritual and material, exemplifies the most honoured way of life in India. The artistic...
Posted: 17.07.2012
By Kudavasal Balasubramaniyam
The Sundaresvara temple at Sendalai near Tanjore is well known to students of Tamil arts. It carries inscriptions of Pallava, Pandya and Muttaraiya rulers and refers to a great Maha-kali temple at Niyamam, a village nearby. The Pallava ruler Nandivarman III, the victor of Tellaru, and the Pandya ruler Maran Cadaiyan Varaguna II paid personal visits and endowed gold for the worship of the Goddess. The pillars...
Posted: 05.07.2012
 
11th century Kannada inscription found from a ruined Jain temple Historian and research scholar D. N. Akki Gogi from Yadagir district has unearthed an 11th century inscription written in Kannada from a ruined Jain temple in Allur village in Gulbarga district. According to the experts, the inscription, which is on a stone pillar, was written in the form of Kannada that was used in 1050 AD. The inscription...
Posted: 25.06.2012
 
Both Mahavira and the Buddha belonged to the Vedic Indian tradition. They were born into the warrior caste (ksatriya), and lived in eastern India, in an area of the Ganges valley including the modern state of Bihar. The new thinkers questioned the dominant Vedic Brahmanical orthodoxy (in which an entity called brahman was considered supreme) and its stratified caste system with brahmins (priests) at the top...
Posted: 30.04.2012
By Laxmi Mall Singhvi
Indian art, which Jain art an integral part of, offers us both beauty and truth in its quest of universal well-being through ahimsa. The Jain value system based on non-violence has a universal appeal. It has a deep contemporary resonance and relevance in our world afflicted by divisive and disruptive violence. There is a sense of 'sacred' in Jain art and an artistic sensitivity in its celebration of the sacred...
Posted: 23.04.2012
By Sarasi Kumar Saraswati
Logically and rationally it is not possible, nor desirable, to classify Indian architectural styles according to their religious affiliations. At the same time, however, it cannot be ignored that a few of the Indian religious systems developed some special forms or types of monuments which may be described to be distinctively their own. For instance, one may cite the stupa and the caitya shrine each of which,...
Posted: 30.12.2011
By Mohan Lal Mehta
Art and Architecture in Jainism The contribution of the Jainas to art and architecture is great. It has enriched the whole body of Indian art and architecture. It has also provided certain special forms, symbols etc. The Jainas are justly famous for their patronage to art and architecture. By Jaina art and architecture we mean specimens of art and architecture created under the patronage of the Jainas. The...
Posted: 23.11.2011
 
This paper was published in 1935 in The Jaina Gazette (Vol. XXXII, No. 1, January 1935, pp. 21-24). To illustrate the site of Badami some modern pictures are added to the text. The Rock Caves at Badami Certain of the Indian rock-cave temples are well-known, partly because they are within easy distance of the railway and large cities, and partly because travellers have frequently described them. But the caves at...
Posted: 22.11.2011
By James Burgess
This paper was published by the Archaeological Department, H.E.H. the Nizam's Gavernment and reprinted in August 1935 in The Jaina Gazette (Vol. XXXII, No. 8, pp. 21-24). To illustrate the site of Ellora some modern pictures are added to the text. The Ellora Cave Temples (Cave XXXII Indra Sabha) The Indra Sabha, so called, is rather the group of Jain caves than a single cave and its appendages: in reality two...
Posted: 09.11.2011
 
Khandagiri and Udayagiri are situated about 5 miles from Bhuvaneshwar. 44 caves have, so far, been found in Udayagiri and 21 in Khandagiri. Many of them appear to have been excavated in the 4th or 5th century B.C. The peculiarity of almost all the caves is that a bench of stone runs round the three sides of the front veranda. The two walls of the veranda are so hollowed out at the top as to present the...
Posted: 07.02.2011
 
The Caves of Udayagiri (Orissa) One of the earliest of Jain rock-cut shelters, the caves of Udayagiri command a unique position in eastern India in the fields of history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion. The records, found incised on the walls of some of these caves, furnish the supreme evidence of the existence of a powerful dynasty, the Chetis (Chedis). They reveal that some time in the 1st century...
Posted: 07.02.2011
By Prof. Dr. A. Ekambaranathan
Tirthankar Images in Tamilnadu Dr. A. Ekambaranathan, Professor, Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Madras, Chennai, is a renowned scholar in the field of ancient India history and Iconography. He has completed a thorough research of Jain Heritage in Tamil Nadu. His book "Jaina Iconography in Tamilnadu" has recently been published by Sri Bharatvarshiya Digamber Jain (Teerth...
Posted: 19.05.2010
By Dr. Sneh Rani Jain
It is almost a century ago that the Indus Valley Culture came to light, during the construction of a railway in the Punjab of then British India, near Lahore. Huge piles of baked bricks of different shapes and sizes of abnormal length and width drew the attention of the workers, with the result that ultimately the area was spared and the railway line was diverted. Harappa, in Sindh, was discovered by Dayaram...
Posted: 30.04.2010
 
Sri Jinaya namah. This is the 2nd part of Prathishta mahotsava of 1000 years old Jina bimbha discovered at kolappakkam-a suburb of Chennai -Tamil Nadu Jai jinendra Nelliyankulam - Dr. Kanaka. Ajithadoss
Posted: 23.08.2008
 
Photo courtesy: K.T. Gandhirajan SIGNIFICANT FIND: Jaina beds found in a cavern near Vadagal in Gingee taluk of Villupuram district. CHENNAI: 20.06.2008 Over the last three months, two rock art sites, two caverns with Jaina beds, and dolmens have been discovered within a radius of 25 km on the hillocks behind the Gingee fort in Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram district. Members of the team that found the sites,...
Posted: 29.08.2003
 
The Times Of India Royden D'Souza, TNN, Aug 29, 2003, 10.05pm IST LUCKNOW: The latest ASI report on the disputed site does identify a ''temple-like structure'' dating back to the 12th century AD based upon findings such as an 'Amalaka' and a 'Pranala' - though other archaeologists say these structural components are not unique to temples of the time. However, by the ASI's own reckoning, there exists no...
Posted: 29.08.2003
 
The Times Of India Royden D'Souza, TNN, Aug 29, 2003, 02.48am IST Lucknow: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) dig at the disputed Ayodhya site just might have succeeded in digging up the Indian equivalent of the 'Shroud of Turin'. The picture emerging from the information in various ASI reports from 1954 - including the one released this week - remains hazy and vague about a key period in Indian history...

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