Universität Bonn

Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte


Jaina statue

The Hindu temple dedicated to Śiva in Ilaiyankudi has a statue of a Jina sitting in a pavilion displayed close to its entrance. This seems to indicate the annexation of a Jaina temple or at least of a Jaina statue in the past. Today, Śaivas entering the temple honour the converted statue as they do with the neighbouring image of Gaṇeśa.

Temple compound from the southeast © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Seated Jinas along the outer compound wall © Julia A.B. Hegewald
Seated Jina © Julia A.B. Hegewald
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