Renovated Ancient Parshwanath Jain Mandir at Halebelagola near Shravanabelagola Hassan Karnataka

Renovated Ancient Parshwanath Jain Mandir at Halebelagola near Shravanabelagola Hassan Karnataka


Shravanabelagola an ancient jain tirth in
Karnataka houses many important and ancient jain mandirs benefitting Jain beliefs practitioners. Parshwanath digamber jain mandir at Halebelagola is one of the nearest jain mandir at just 6km away from Shravanabelagola town. The base of this jain mandir is supported
at the corners and other places by the figures of elephants. The newly painted gopura of the mandir has beautifully carved jain murtis, also one can see the Hoysala lion emblem. Halebelagola jain mandir is built in Hoysala temple style of architecture consisting of garbhagriha, an open mantapa and a navaranga. The outer walls are decorated with pillars
and shallow niches. The mandir faces north-west direction. The grabhagriha contains sitting parshwanath idol with a seven-hooded snake. The central ceiling of the navaranga, which is beautifully carved, has figures of the ashta dikpalakas seated on their vehicles with their wives, the middle panel being occupied by a standing figure of Dharanendra with a five hooded snake, holding a bow in the left hand and what looks
like a conch in the right. The navaranga doorway has detailed artwork. Based on the inscriptions found it is probable that the period of this jain tirth in Karnataka is about 1094. Jain pilgrims and other tourists visiting
Shravanabelagola now can extend their visit to this Parshwanath Jain mandir to see the restored past glory. Shravanabelagola from Bangalore is about 150kms. Other, Shravanabelagola near tourist places, can be easily toured in one day. This Jain temple flag has been fluttering for centuries.

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