Universität Bonn

Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte


Jaina Temple

The Jaina Temple at Pattadakal, constructed during the ninth to tenth centuries CE, is another example of a Jaina temple in which, after its annexation by followers of Vira-Śaivism, the raised shrine has not been used any longer. The sanctum on the ground floor today houses a liṅga. Steps lead up to the raised floor level from within the large closed hall. The shrine proper (mūla-prāsāda) of this temple has an internal ambulatory. Internal circumambulation paths are relatively rare in this region of India.

View from the south © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Decorations on the porch (northeastern corner) © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Double-storey shrine to the west © Julia A.B. Hegewald
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