Universität Bonn

Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte


Ādinātha Temple

The Ādinātha Temple at Hassan, which at least in its present condition is a modern temple construction, is triple-shrined and preceded by a wide open hall. Whereas the central shrine accommodates statues of Ādinātha and Pārśvanātha, and the image chamber to the left houses amongst others, prominent figures of Pārśvanātha and Candraprabhu, the sanctum (garbha-gr̥ha) to the right has been dedicated to Padmāvatī Devī.

View from the north © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View towards the shrine © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Image of Padmāvatī Devī in the northern side shrine © Julia A.B. Hegewald

Digambara Pārśvanātha Temple

In the Digambara Pārśvanātha Temple at Hassan, the hall bordering the main sanctum has entrances at the front and on both sides. In front of the eastern doorway, a shrine to Bāhubali has been constructed during the twentieth century. Remarkable in this example is, that the lateral shrine has not entirely been enclosed on all sides, but has a doorway on the north providing access from the front of the temple courtyard. This allows people still to enter and leave the main temple through the side chamber, whilst nonetheless creating a separate but interconnected additional shrine. An upper image chamber has been constructed above the shrine of Bāhubali, which can both be accessed from the temple courtyard, as well as from the neighbouring monastic accomodation (dharmaśālā).

Entrance to the north © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View towards the shrine © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Sacred tree and nāga shrine © Julia A.B. Hegewald
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