REN­DEZVOUS WITH KAR­NATAKA’S JAINA TRAIL

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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)

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