Universität Bonn

Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte


Candranātha Basti

Large-scale building campaigns were conducted at Mudabidri, where the largest temple at the site, the Candranātha Basti, dates from 1429 CE. The Candranātha Basti has three superimposed sanctums as well as double-storeyed halls. All four halls of this complex temple structure have been named individually. The open detached hall is variably known as Bhairavdevī or Citra Devī Maṇḍapa. The following structure is referred to as the Namaskāra Maṇḍapa. This is the furthest non-Jainas are usually allowed to proceed into this temple building. The following Tīrthaṅkara Maṇḍapa leads on to the Lakṣmī Maṇḍapa and then to the standing image of Candranātha in the image chamber (garbha-gr̥ha) of the temple.

View from the southeast © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View towards the shrine © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Carved wooden struts displaying gods and godesses © Julia A.B. Hegewald

Śrī Pārśvanātha Svāmī Guru Basti 

This is a complex double-storeyed temple construction, in which the front and side sections of the ambulatory have been enclosed. There is a subsidiary shrine as well as a Nāgarāja Temple contained in the same walled compound. The sacred complex is entered through a complex gateway structure. 

Outside view of the gateway © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View from the northeast © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View into the maṇḍapa © Julia A.B. Hegewald

A selection of other Jaina temples

There are more than fifteen major Jaina temple structures in this coastal village as well as a  Jaina maṭha and the tombs of the Svāmīs.

Candraprabhu Basti © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Dēramma Seṭṭi Basti © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Mahadev Seṭṭi Basti © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Wird geladen