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...

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