We acquired a collection of black-and-white photographs and renderings of medieval architecture from the American Institute of Indian Studies.  Our team selected four sites significant to the Jain tradition and curated photo books (or virtual exhibitions) for each one. The goal was to illuminate the beauty and rich detail of these important places with descriptions of architecture, carvings, and symbols. Each photo book is available to download.    

  Shravana Belgola is the premier Jain pilgrimage destination in southern India. Located in the state of Karnataka, it is most famous for the colossal sculpture of the enlightened being Bahubali. This photo book explores this statue and highlights some of the other images and temples at this famous pilgrimage site.

 

Shravana Belgola is the premier Jain pilgrimage destination in southern India. Located in the state of Karnataka, it is most famous for the colossal sculpture of the enlightened being Bahubali. This photo book explores this statue and highlights some of the other images and temples at this famous pilgrimage site.

  Vimala Vasahi (ca. 1031-1032 CE) is the oldest temple in a group of Jain temples on Mount Abu in the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Like the other temples in the Dilwara compound, the Vimala Vasahi temple is celebrated for the marble sculpture that covers the interior. This photo book explores the astounding beauty of this structure.

 

Vimala Vasahi (ca. 1031-1032 CE) is the oldest temple in a group of Jain temples on Mount Abu in the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Like the other temples in the Dilwara compound, the Vimala Vasahi temple is celebrated for the marble sculpture that covers the interior. This photo book explores the astounding beauty of this structure.

  The Luna Vasahi temple (ca. 1230 CE) was the second temple constructed in the Dilwara compound on Mount Abu in the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Like its predecessor, the Vimala Vasahi temple, the interior of this structure is covered in exquisitely carved marble. As an active temple, Luna Vasahi continues to receive donations and undergo renovations. This photo book highlights the significance of this stunning feat of architecture.  

 

The Luna Vasahi temple (ca. 1230 CE) was the second temple constructed in the Dilwara compound on Mount Abu in the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Like its predecessor, the Vimala Vasahi temple, the interior of this structure is covered in exquisitely carved marble. As an active temple, Luna Vasahi continues to receive donations and undergo renovations. This photo book highlights the significance of this stunning feat of architecture.  

  The Neminatha temple is located in the village of Kumbharia in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Kumbharia is renown as home for six finely carved marble temples. The Neminatha temple (ca. 12th century CE) is the largest of all. This photo book details this marvelous structure and provides insight into the ideas that inspired its design. 

 

The Neminatha temple is located in the village of Kumbharia in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Kumbharia is renown as home for six finely carved marble temples. The Neminatha temple (ca. 12th century CE) is the largest of all. This photo book details this marvelous structure and provides insight into the ideas that inspired its design.