Shravanabelagola: Impressive Jain Temple and The Unique Jains

Just a little about Jainism

The Jain Symbol

Jainism is one of the oldest religions of world. It believes in a universe without beginning, without end and without creator.  The objective of Jainism is to make every effort for Moksha or Liberation from unending cycles of birth, death and re-birth and become a ‘Jina’. For Jains the Jina is God. Every human being and every living being has the potential to become Jina or God. Jainism never became a dominant religion in India but always had a peaceful co-existence with Hinduism and Buddhism.

Around 80 A. D. the Jainism was divided into two sects. The Svetambara or “white clad” and The Digambara or “sky clad”. The Svetambara are more liberal in their interpretation of Mahavirals teaching regarding nudity and allow their monks to wear a white garment. Women are also allowed in their religion and monasteries accepting the possibility that they may find salvation.  The Digambara are more traditionalists. They adhere to the old ideals that require their monks to go about naked. The Digambara sect believes that women have no chance of achieving salvation until they are reborn as men.

The Digambara monks among society

The Digambara and Svetambara

Life in Shravanabegola

Shravanabelagola is a Jain pilgrim destination located in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, Southern India. Compare to the 6 others Jain Temples; Sharavanabegola is the most archaic, unique and exotic. Seems like it comes from another dimension. The statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali  is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism, one that reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Western Ganga Dynasty of Talakad.

Shravanabelagola with the statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali

The sulpt is 57 feet tall is magnificent and munificent alike-Magnificent in form and valour, Munificent in prayer and deed. The Mahamasthakabhiseka, the head anointing ceremony of the Lord Gommateshwara Sri Bahubali observed once every 12 years in Jain Dharmic cycle, an integral part of ancient and composite Indidan tradition. The ceremony devotess tourist from all over the world.

The digambara monks pray

The Svetambara monks waiting to pray

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18 thoughts on “Shravanabelagola: Impressive Jain Temple and The Unique Jains

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  6. Thank you for visiting my blog. Your post reminds me of the Jains in India and the festival we accidentally found ourselves a part of in Southern India.I will be posting an artist book about my time there.

  7. Wow, wow, wow! This is totally awesome! I thought that Jainism was born at about the same time with Hinduism, and now you provide me with more information on this. Awesome! 🙂

    And especially about the Jainism and nudity, wow, that’s new to me!

    Many thanks for that! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    • Sure Subhan. Actually I want to write about Jainism temple…they have so much beautiful temple, some of consist porn artifact. Most of Jainism follower are rich people.

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  9. Thanks for liking my post today. I learned something new today;very interesting article. Too bad the one group thinks women are only worthy if they’re reborn as men.

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