Universität Bonn

Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte

Sultan Bathery    

Jaina temple 

The large and heavily-rebuilt Jaina temple at Sultan Bathery, alternatively known as Sultan’s Battery, provides evidence for the continued existence of Jainism in this region during the thirteenth to fourteenth centuries. The temple combines four aligned halls, a porch and a detached platform. The proportions of the halls reduce in size the closer the halls are to the shrine. This supports the idea of space becoming darker and more confined the nearer one gets to the central icon. On the terrace of the detached platform in front of the temple, some remains of supporting pillars have been preserved. There is a pronounced open ambulatory, surrounding the temple at the rear. A depression in the floor inside the roofed passage indicates, that the cloister might have been used for ritual purposes, such as the preparation of sandalwood paste for temple ceremonies.

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Frontal view of the temple © Julia A.B. Hegewald
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View into the closed hall © Julia A.B. Hegewald
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Stairs providing access to the temple © Julia A.B. Hegewald
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