Posted by: itsme | March 25, 2011

Images of Jain India

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Pilgrims offer morning prayers at one of many Jain temples. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Pilgrims offer morning prayers at one of many Jain temples. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Lord Mahavira is depicted by the lion symbol. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Lord Mahavira is depicted by the lion symbol. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

The shikara rises from a base of packed reliefs and sculptures. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

The shikara rises from a base of packed reliefs and sculptures. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Temple shikaras rise on the rocky heights of this famous hill of pilgrimage. Sonagiri, Madhya Pradesh.

Temple shikaras rise on the rocky heights of this famous hill of pilgrimage. Sonagiri, Madhya Pradesh.

Tirthankaras smoothly sculpted emerge seamlessly out of chiselled caves at Kandargiri. Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh.

Tirthankaras smoothly sculpted emerge seamlessly out of chiselled caves at Kandargiri. Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh.

Flags flutter over shikaras at the Choubeesee Mandir. Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh.

Flags flutter over shikaras at the Choubeesee Mandir. Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh.

A stone dwarapalak guards the entrance to a Jain temple. Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

A stone dwarapalak guards the entrance to a Jain temple. Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Ancient temples stand almost abandoned. Pavagadh, Gujarat.

Ancient temples stand almost abandoned. Pavagadh, Gujarat.

An interesting relief on one of the Jain temples. Pavagadh, Gujarat.

An interesting relief on one of the Jain temples. Pavagadh, Gujarat.

Temple walls in ruins are spoilt further by modern graffiti. Pavagadh, Gujarat.

Temple walls in ruins are spoilt further by modern graffiti. Pavagadh, Gujarat.

A modern tower turns golden at sunset in front of the Hathee Singh Jain Temple. Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

A modern tower turns golden at sunset in front of the Hathee Singh Jain Temple. Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

The spectacular Hathee Singh Jain Temple is even more so on the inside. Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

The spectacular Hathee Singh Jain Temple is even more so on the inside. Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

For a price agreed by weight of the person, pilgrims can be carried up the hill to the temples. Mt Girnar, Gujarat.

For a price agreed by weight of the person, pilgrims can be carried up the hill to the temples. Mt Girnar, Gujarat.

The feet of Jain tirthankaras are worshipped on the way up the hill to the main temple complex. Palitana, Gujarat.

The feet of Jain tirthankaras are worshipped on the way up the hill to the main temple complex. Palitana, Gujarat.

The exuberance of Jain architecture is obvious in this temple. Palitana, Gujarat.

The exuberance of Jain architecture is obvious in this temple. Palitana, Gujarat.

The temple complex is packed with details. Palitana, Gujarat.

The temple complex is packed with details. Palitana, Gujarat.

A typical temple has a central dome, three domed entrance porches and a shikara over the sanctum. Palitana, Gujarat.

A typical temple has a central dome, three domed entrance porches and a shikara over the sanctum. Palitana, Gujarat.

Temples in their hundreds pack the hill which in itself is fortified. Palitana, Gujarat.

Temples in their hundreds pack the hill which in itself is fortified. Palitana, Gujarat.

Serpentine arches are beautiful elements of many Jain temple entrances. Palitana, Gujarat.

Serpentine arches are beautiful elements of many Jain temple entrances. Palitana, Gujarat.

Entrance to a Jain cave at sunset. Ellora, Maharashtra.

Entrance to a Jain cave at sunset. Ellora, Maharashtra.

Superbly sculpted pillars in one of the Jain caves. Ellora, Maharashtra.

Superbly sculpted pillars in one of the Jain caves. Ellora, Maharashtra.

Misunderstood as Lord Indra, Matanga sits enthroned in a niche in one of the Jain caves. Ellora, Maharashtra.

Misunderstood as Lord Indra, Matanga sits enthroned in a niche in one of the Jain caves. Ellora, Maharashtra.

A Jain tirthankara survives within brick ruins of a monastery. Rajgir, Bihar.

A Jain tirthankara survives within brick ruins of a monastery. Rajgir, Bihar.

Superb stone mouldings at the base of a temple. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan.

Superb stone mouldings at the base of a temple. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan.

A temple shikara rises gracefully from its base, something seen in Hindu temples of Khajuraho as well. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan.

A temple shikara rises gracefully from its base, something seen in Hindu temples of Khajuraho as well. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan.

The Jain stambha stands near a temple with beautiful reliefs. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan.

The Jain stambha stands near a temple with beautiful reliefs. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan.

A Jain temple at the top of a hill. Eklingji, Rajasthan.

A Jain temple at the top of a hill. Eklingji, Rajasthan.

Superb reliefs pack the walls of a temple. Ranakpur, Rajasthan.

Superb reliefs pack the walls of a temple. Ranakpur, Rajasthan.

The Chaumukh Temple is the supreme achievement of Jain art and architecture in entire India. Ranakpur, Rajasthan.

The Chaumukh Temple is the supreme achievement of Jain art and architecture in entire India. Ranakpur, Rajasthan.

Shikaras at the entrance of a Jain temple. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Shikaras at the entrance of a Jain temple. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

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