Universität Bonn

Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte


Anantanātha Temple

The Anantanātha Temple, also referred to as Hāle Basti, in Lakshmeshwar dates mainly from the late twelfth century with a later hall positioned at the front. It is based on the classical three-petalled cloverleaf ground plan. Whereas the cells to the south and east house statues of Anantanātha and Pārśvanātha, the one to the west is today empty. A further shrine protruding to the west houses another statue of Pārśvanātha. Consequently, the temple has four shrines. 

View from the northeast © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View from the southwest © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View into the hall © Julia A.B. Hegewald

Śaṅkha Basti

The Śaṅkha Basti, alternatively known as the Neminātha Digambara Temple, is an originally eleventh-century foundation which, however, was destroyed and entirely rebuilt, largely during the sixteenth century. It is not clear if the upper shrine was part of the original layout. It houses a particularly beautiful example of a Sahasra-kūṭa.

View from the southeast © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View from the south © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Sahasra-kūṭa inside the hall © Julia A.B. Hegewald
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