Universität Bonn

Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte


Jaina temple complex

At Halebid, three large Jaina temples have been grouped together in a walled temple enclosure. These are the Pārśvanātha, the Ādinātha and the Śāntinātha Temples, which are particularly well preserved Hoysaḷa Jaina temples, dating largely from the middle of the twelfth century. There also is a deep stepped kuṇḍa in the northeast corner of the compound.


Śāntinātha Temple

Located in the southeastern corner of the walled complex, is the temple dedicated to Śāntinātha. it consists of a porch, a hall (maṇḍapa), a vestibule (antarāla) and a dark shrine room (garbha-gṛha). 

View from the northeast © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View from the northeast © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Śāntinātha inside the shrine © Julia A.B. Hegewald

Ādinātha Temple

This temple lies in the middle of the compound and is the smallest structure of the three. Beautifully carved elephants flank the stairs of access to the temple.


Front of the Ādinātha Temple © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View from the maṇḍapa towards the shrine © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Image inside the shrine © Julia A.B. Hegewald

Pārśvanātha Temple

This largest and most complex temple at the site is dedicated to Pārśvanātha. It is proceeded by an open detached hall (maṇḍapa) with a complex and highly-decorated corbelled latern ceiling.

View from the northeast © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Freestanding maṇḍapa © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Ceiling of the maṇḍapa © Julia A.B. Hegewald
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