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Jain shrines

Outstanding monuments of Jain religion

Palitana temple city, India
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Monuments below are arranged by age.

  • Udayagiri Caves, Khandagiri Caves - India, Orissa. 27 - 35 caves, carved around the 1st century BC. Historically important, contain valuable inscriptions and exquisite artwork.
  • Jain temples in Ellora Caves - India, Maharashtra. Some of the most magnificent rock-cut temples in India, contain extremely intricate and beautiful stone carvings and murals. Created around 800 - 1000 AD.
  • Shri Digamber Temple in Sanganer - India, Rajasthan. Completed in the 10th century AD, although started much earlier. Contains beautiful stone carvings.
  • Parsvanath Temple in Khajuraho - India, Madhya Pradesh. Built in 954 AD. Contains magic square with figures.
  • Palitana temples - India, Gujarat. Religious Jain city, major centre of pilgrimage, more than 1300 temples.
  • Hastinapur Jainist temples - India, Uttar Pradesh. One of most exquisite groups of Jainist temples.
  • Dilwara Temples - India, Rajasthan. Five beautiful temples built in the 11th - 13th centuries, renovned due to skillful use of marble in design and intricate stone carvings.
  • Bawangaja - India, Madhya Pradesh. Famous Jainist pilgrimage site, renowned due to 26 metres high statue, which, most likely has been carved out in cliff in the early 12th century.
  • Kirti Stambh - India, Rajasthan, Chittogarh. Impressive, 22 m high seven story tower of unusual architecture, covered with stone carvings. Built around the 12th century. Devoted to first Jain teacher Adinath.
  • Adinath Temple in Khajuraho - India, Madhya Pradesh. Beautiful temple with pyramidal tower. Most likely built around 1215.
  • Ranakpur Temple - India, Rajasthan. Beautiful white marble temple from the late 14th - middle 15th centuries. Contains over 1444 beautifully carved pillars, each with its own design.
  • Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani in Moodbidri - India, Karnataka. Often called also - Thousand Pillared Temple (Savira Kambada Basari). Largest and most ornate Jain temple in this part of India. Three storied building, built around 1430 AD. Renowned due to pillared hall in forepart with beautiful stone carvings covering the pillars and very sacred relic - 2.5 m high bronze image of Lord Chandranatha Swami.
  • Shri Sammet Shikharji (Parasnath Hill) - India, Jharkhand. One of main pilgrimage destinations for Jains, hilly location once surrounded by primeval forests. Temple buildings at least since 1765 AD, but most likely considerably older.
  • Naya Mandir - India, Delhi. Temple, important centre of Jainism, constructed in 1807. Contains valuable collection of medieval manuscripts. Temple contains also concealed chamber formed like a cave.

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