A report on JainismShravanabelagola and Karnataka

The hand symbolizes Ahiṃsā, the wheel dharmachakra, the resolve to halt saṃsāra (transmigration).
Classification of Saṃsāri Jīvas (transmigrating souls) in Jainism
The pond in the middle of the town, after which it is named, Beḷagoḷa “White Pond”
Mallikarjuna temple and Kashi Vishwanatha temple at Pattadakal, built successively by the kings of the Chalukya Empire and Rashtrakuta Empire, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lord Neminatha, Akota Bronzes (7th century)
Statue of Emperor Bharata Chakravartin, after whom India was named Bharatvarsha.
Chief Minister Dr. Devaraj Urs announcing the new name of the Mysore state as 'Karnataka'
Jain miniature painting of 24 tirthankaras, Jaipur, c. 1850
Kannada inscription at Odegal Basadi
Jog Falls, formed by Sharavathi River, are the second-highest plunge waterfalls in India.
Jain temple painting explaining Anekantavada with Blind men and an elephant
Odegal basadi on Vindhyagiri hill
Political map of Indian state of Karnataka with the official names of its 31 districts.
A Jain monk in meditation, wearing the characteristic white robe and face covering
Akkana Basadi
Nishidhi stone, depicting the vow of sallekhana, 14th century, Karnataka
Mahamastakabhisheka of Gommateshwara statue
emblem of Karnataka
Praying at the feet of a statue of Bahubali
The tableau of Karnataka depicting Mahamastabhisheka of Lord Gommateshwara, during the Republic Day Parade in 2005
Infosys, a Bengaluru-headquartered information-technology company,
Jain worship may include ritual offerings and recitals.
A yakshagana artist
Celebrating Das Lakshana (Paryushana), Jain Center of America, New York City
Vishnu image inside the Badami Cave Temple Complex number 3. The complex is an example of Indian rock-cut architecture.
The birth of Mahavira, from the Kalpa Sūtra (c.1375–1400 CE)
Gomateswara (982–983) at Shravanabelagola is an important centre of Jain pilgrimage.
Halmidi inscription (450 CE) is the earliest attested inscription in the Kannada language.
Idol of Suparśvanātha
Indian Institute of Science is one of the premier institutes of India.
A symbol to represent the Jain community was chosen in 1975 as part of the commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of Mahavira’s nirvana.
Literacy rates of Karnataka districts
Rishabhdev, believed to have lived over 592.704×1018 years ago, is considered the traditional founder of Jainism.
Anil Kumble, former captain of the Indian Test team and spin legend, is the highest wicket-taker for India in international cricket.
The ruins of Gori Jain temples in Nagarparkar, Pakistan, a pilgrimage site before 1947.
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
Ranakpur Jain Temple
The state bird, Indian roller
Dilwara Temples
Bengal tigers at Bannerghatta National Park near Bangalore
Parshvanath Temple in Khajuraho
Chennakesava Temple is a model example of the Hoysala architecture, later repaired in the 16th century with financial support and grants by the Vijayanagara Emperors.
Girnar Jain temples
Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur has the second largest pre-modern dome in the world after the Byzantine Hagia Sophia.
Jal Mandir, Pawapuri
Mysore Palace in the evening, the official residence and seat of the Wodeyar dynasty, the rulers of Mysore of the Mysore Kingdom, the royal family of Mysore.
Lodhurva Jain temple
Palitana temples
Saavira Kambada Basadi, Moodbidri, Karnataka
Jain temple, Antwerp, Belgium
Brahma Jinalaya, Lakkundi
Hutheesing Jain Temple

Shravanabelagola is a town located near Channarayapatna of Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka and is 144 km from Bengaluru.

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The Gommateshwara Bahubali statue at Shravanabelagola is one of the most important tirthas (pilgrimage destinations) in Jainism, one that reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Western Ganga dynasty of Talakad.

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The Jain philosophy and literature have contributed immensely to the religious and cultural landscape of Karnataka.

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Shravanabelagola, Saavira Kambada Basadi or 1000 pillars and Brahma Jinalaya are important Jain centers in Karnataka.

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A monolithic, 18 m statue of Bahubali, Gommateshvara, built in 981 CE by the Ganga minister and commander Chavundaraya, is situated on a hilltop in Shravanabelagola in Karnataka.

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The monolith of Gomateshwara Bahubali at Shravanabelagola is the tallest sculpted monolith in the world, attracting tens of thousands of pilgrims during the Mahamastakabhisheka festival.

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The hand symbolizes Ahiṃsā, the wheel dharmachakra, the resolve to halt saṃsāra (transmigration).

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Core Western Ganga Territory

Western Ganga dynasty

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Core Western Ganga Territory
Old Kannada inscription of c. 726 CE, discovered in Talakad, from the rule of King Shivamara I or Sripurusha
Ganga Dynasty emblem on a 10th-century copper plate
The Panchakuta Basadi, Kambadahalli was an important center of Jainism during the Ganga period.
Gangas of Talakad (Western Gangas). Circa 1080-1138 AD
Footprint worship at Shravanabelagola
A mantapa (hall) at the Jain Panchakuta basadi of 9th–10th century at Kambadahalli
Gommateshwara at Shravanabelagola (982–983) C.E.
Kalleshwara Temple Complex, built in the 10th century by the Nolambas, a Western Ganga feudatory, at Aralaguppe in the Tumkur district
Seeyamangalam Mahavira Rock Cut Temple
Hero stone (870–906 A.D.) with old Kannada inscription at Kalleshvara temple in Aralaguppe
The famous Atakur inscription (949 C.E.), a classical Kannada composition pertaining to the Western Ganga-Rashtrakuta victory over the Chola dynasty of Tanjore in the famous battle of Takkolam
Mahasthambha (pillar) and Chandragupta Basadi at Chandragiri Hill in Shravanabelagola
Chandragiri hill temple complex at Shravanabelagola
Ceiling sculpture, Panchakuta Basadi, Kambadahalli
Chavundaraya basadi on Chandragiri hill in Shravanabelagola temple complex
Old Kannada inscription at the base of Gomateshwara monolith in Shravanabelagola (981 CE.)
The famous Begur inscription in old Kannada, dated to c. 908–938 CE, from the rule of Western Ganga dynasty King Ereyappa.

Western Ganga was an important ruling dynasty of ancient Karnataka in India which lasted from about 350 to 1000 CE.

The Western Ganga kings showed benevolent tolerance to all faiths but are most famous for their patronage toward Jainism resulting in the construction of monuments in places such as Shravanabelagola and Kambadahalli.

Rashtrakuta dynasty

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Kashivishvanatha temple at Pattadakal, Karnataka
Jain Narayana temple at Pattadakal, Karnataka
A stanza from the 9th century Kannada classic Kavirajamarga, praising the people for their literary skills
Interior and arcades
Kailasa temple, is one of the largest rock-cut ancient Hindu temples located in Ellora.
Shikhara of Indra Sabha at Ellora.

The Elichpur clan was a feudatory of the Badami Chalukyas, and during the rule of Dantidurga, it overthrew Chalukya Kirtivarman II and went on to build an empire with the Gulbarga region in modern Karnataka as its base.

The early kings of this dynasty were influenced by Hinduism and the later kings by Jainism.

Indra IV, the last emperor, committed Sallekhana (fasting unto death practised by Jain monks) at Shravanabelagola.

The 65 ft high Gommateshwara statue at Shravanabelagola, Karnataka, India, was built in 983 A.D.


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The 65 ft high Gommateshwara statue at Shravanabelagola, Karnataka, India, was built in 983 A.D.
Sculpture depicting Bahubali's meditation in Kayotsarga posture with vines enveloped around his body (Photo: Badami caves)
Bahubali monolith of Karkala
Bahubali monolith of Dharmastala
Bahubali monolith of Venur
Bahubali monolith of Gommatagiri, Mysore
28 ft-high monolith of Bahubali at Kumbhoj
Poem by Boppanna
Bahubali, Metropolitan Museum of Art (6th CE)
Indra Sabha, Ellora Caves (9th CE)
Bahubali monolith at Halebidu (12th CE)
Miniature version of the Gommateshwara statue at Shravanabelagola
Bahubali statue at YSR state Archaeology Museum, Hyderabad, 12th century
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Gomateshwara at Kalugumalai Jain Beds, 8th century
Bahubali at Andimalai Caves, 10th century
Bahubali at Aretipur
Depiction of Bharata-Bahubali fight

Bahubali (One With Strong Arms), a much revered figure among Jains, was the son of Rishabdev (the first tirthankara of Jainism) and the brother of Bharata Chakravartin.

There are five monolithic statues of Bahubali measuring more than 6 m (20 feet) in height in Karnataka:

17.4 m (57 feet) at Shravanabelagola in Hassan District in 981 AD

Extent of Hoysala Empire, 1200 CE.

Hoysala Empire

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Extent of Hoysala Empire, 1200 CE.
Sala fighting the Lion or Tiger, the emblem of the Hoysala Empire at Belur, Karnataka.
Gajapati pagoda, ca. 10th–13th century CE.
Garuda pillar hero stone (virgal) at Halebidu with old Kannada inscription of about 1220 CE.
Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana
Chennakesava Temple, Somanathapura, built 1268 CE.
Standing Vishnu as Keshava, 1st quarter of the 12th century, Hoysala period, probably Belur, Karnataka, India
Old Kannada inscription dated to 1182 of King Veera Ballala II at Akkana Basadi, Shravanabelagola.
"Darpanasundari" (lady with a mirror), one of the many madanakai decorating the Chennakeshava Temple, Belur.
Old Kannada inscription (1270 CE) of King Narasimha III at Keshava Temple, Somanathapura.
Akkana Basadi, Shravanabelagola
Vesara style Vimana of the Lakshmi Narasimha temple at Nuggehalli (1246 CE)
Stellate Vimana, at Ishvara Temple (Arasikere) built in 1220 CE
Jain temples, Halebidu
Twin temples (1200 CE) at Mosale, the Nageshvara (near) and Chennakeshava temple (far)
A sculpture of a dancer on pillar bracket, 1117 CE, (Shilabaalika or Madanika) in the Chennakeshava temple at Belur

The Hoysala Empire was a Kannadiga power originating from the Indian subcontinent that ruled most of what is now Karnataka, India between the 10th and the 14th centuries.

Kannada folklore tells a tale of a young man, Sala, who saved his Jain guru, Sudatta, by striking dead a lion or tiger he encountered near the temple of the goddess Vasantika at Angadi, now called Sosevuru.

Two notable locations of Jain worship in the Hoysala territory were Shravanabelagola and Panchakuta Basadi, Kambadahalli.