RENDEZVOUS WITH KARNATAKA’S JAINA TRAIL
The more I see, the more I’m fascinated with temple architecture in India. This urge has been fuelled manifold since our taking up residence in Bengaluru a few years ago. For Karnataka is strewn with monuments that are as varied in their construction style and ornamentation as the dynasties that gave birth to them. One of my most recent trysts with this new found love set me on the Jaina trail in this State. It took us all of two months of almost continuous travel by road, to cover most of the spots where Jaina monuments still exist in a fairly good state of preservation, though not all of them are functional.
And any mention of Jain monuments in Karnataka would immediately conjure
Devotees for Mahamasthakabhisheka Jain festival of Bhagwan Saint Gomateshwara Bahubali Shravanabelagola in Karnataka
2 million followers of the Jain faith attended the Mahamastakabisheka (head anointing)