Universität Bonn

Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte


Jaina temple complex 

The temple complex at Narasimharajapura has two consecutive walled areas, which as a whole have been contained in a third walled enclosure. The five major temple buildings are largely modern constructions. Noteworthy with respect to the hall type temples at this site is, that four of the five temples are double-storeyed. In the Candranātha Temple, the same Jina is exhibited on both floor levels, whereas the Pārśvanātha Temple combines an image of the twenty-third Tīrthaṅkara on the ground floor with a large sculptural representation of a samavasaraṇa on the first floor. Also in the Bāhubali Temple at the site, a complete upper storey has been constructed, contrasting with the arrangement in the Śāntinātha Basti, where a statue integrated into the roof structure creates an upper temple storey

Bāhubali Temple (left) and Candranātha Temple (right © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View towards the shrine of the Candranātha Temple © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Śikhara of the Candranātha Temple, which contains an upper shrine © Julia A.B. Hegewald

Pārśvanātha Temple


Candranātha Temple (left) and Pārśvanātha Temple (right) © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View towards the shrine of the Pārśvanātha Temple © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Large cosmic representation on the upper floor level © Julia A.B. Hegewald

Jvālāmālinī Temple

View from the southeast © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View into the hall © Julia A.B. Hegewald
The yakṣī is venerated as the central icon © Julia A.B. Hegewald

Śāntinātha Temple

Māna-stambha in front of temple © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View from the south © Julia A.B. Hegewald
View into the hall © Julia A.B. Hegewald
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