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 5 Sep 2016 Sculpture
Ganesha in Jainism

Udayagiri, Cave 6, detail showing Dvārapāla, Viṣṇu and Gaṇeśa in Udayagiri has probably one of the oldest datable Gaṇeśas in India (9th-10th Century).

Ganesha is worshipped by most Jainas, for whom he appears to have taken over certain functions of Kubera. Jaina c... Read More
 29 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Jain cosmological mandala: plan of Adhaidvipa; Gujarat, 19th century.

Jain cosmological mandala: plan of Adhaidvipa, or the two and a half continents where mortals dwell. In Jain cosmography the universe is divided into three kingdoms: the upper, occupied by the celestials; the middle, by the mo... Read More
 29 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Jambudvipa - Jain painting of the mortal realms of the universe

Painting on cotton
Deshnok, Rajasthan, dated 1844

In the Jain conception of the universe, between the heavens above and hells below is the middle world where mortals dwell, the only part of the universe from which the soul can ach... Read More
 2 Apr 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Jaina Astronomy and Cosmology
By Prof.L.C.Jain
Published by Rajasthan Prakrit Bharti Sansthan, Jaipur - 1983

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Globe or sphere (Bughola), depicting the Jaina cosmos.
Made of bronze; insc... Read More
 2 Apr 2015 New Books
Digital Rare Book:
Jaina Astronomy and Cosmology
By Prof.L.C.Jain
Published by Rajasthan Prakrit Bharti Sansthan, Jaipur - 1983

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Painted cotton cloth (pata) showing Jambūdvīpa, the central continent or '... Read More
 2 Apr 2015 Rare Paintings
Yantra of Mahavira
India, Gujarat or Rajasthan, 1425-1450 AD
Watercolor
Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton

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 2 Apr 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Life of Mahavira
By Manak Chand Jaini
Printed at The Indian Press, Allahabad - 1908

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Jina Mahavira
India, Karnataka or Tamil Nadu, 850-900 AD
Sculpture
Copper alloy

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 2 Apr 2015 Sculpture
Fragment of a temple sculpture, showing the two figures of the first and the last Jain Tīrthaṁkara, Ṛṣabhanātha (left) and Mahāvīra. As is consistent with Jain iconography, the upright and naked figures have broad sjoulders and narrow waists. The ascetic nature of Ṛṣabhanātha is su... Read More
 2 Apr 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Kalpa sutra and Nava Tatva: Two works illustrative of the Jain religion and philosophy
By John Stevenson (1798-1858)
Published by Bernard Quaritch, London - 1818

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King Siddhartha, th... Read More
 2 Apr 2015 Sculpture
Shrine with Four Jinas (Rishabhanatha [Adinatha]), Parshvanatha, Neminatha, and Mahavira)
India, Uttar Pradesh, circa 600
Sculpture
Sandstone

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 23 Jan 2015 Sculpture
Ganesha in Jainism

Ganesha is worshipped by most Jainas, for whom he appears to have taken over certain functions of Kubera. Jaina connections with the trading community support the idea that Jainism took up the worship of Ganesha as a result of commercial connections.

The Jaina canonical liter... Read More
 7 Nov 2012 Rare Photographs
Hutheesing's Temple (Jain), Camp Road, Ahmedabad - 1880

Photograph of the Jaina temple of Seth Hathisingh at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Charles Lickfold in the 1880s, part of the Bellew Collection of Architectural Views. Ahmadabad spreads along the river Sabarmati and is Gujarat's capital ci... Read More
 7 Nov 2012
Hutheesing's Temple, Ahmedabad - 1875

Photograph from the Macnabb Collection of the Temple of Hathi Singh at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, India, taken by Bourne & Shepherd during the 1870s. Ahmadabad is the principal city of Gujarat in western India. The architecture of the city includes interestin... Read More
 21 Jun 2012 Rare Paintings
Palitana - 5 May 1868

Watercolour drawing by John Frederick Lester of Palitana in Gujarat, from Album with laid down watercolours made between 1865 and 1877 in Kathiawar, Bombay, Poona, Mahabaleshwar and Savantvadi State, dated 1865-1877.

Above the plain around the town of Palitana rises Sa... Read More
 21 Jun 2012 Rare Photographs
View of the Jain stupa as excavated, Kankali Tila, Mathura - 1889

Photograph of the Jain Stupa at Kankali Tila, Mathura, taken by Edmund William Smith c.1889. Mathura has extensive archaeological remains as it was a large and important city from the middle of the first millennium onwards. It r... Read More
 21 Jun 2012 Rare Photographs
Jaina temple, Chittanur, Singavaram, South Arcot District - 1894

Photograph of the Jain temple at Chittamur from the 'Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Madras, 1894-95'. Chittamur is situated several kilometres east of Gingee in Tamil Nadu. This is a view from an elevated position ou... Read More
 21 Jun 2012 Rare Paintings
JAIN COSMOLOGY is the description of the shape and functioning of the physical and metaphysical Universe (loka) and its constituents (such as living, matter, space, time etc.) according to Jainism, which includes the canonical Jain texts, commentaries and the writings of the Jain philosopher-monk... Read More
 21 Jun 2012 Rare Photographs
Jain temple at Sonagiri near Dattia - 1880

Photograph with a view of the Jaina temples at Sonagiri near Datia in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Deen Dayal in the 1880s, part of the Bellew Collection of Architectural Views. The gentle hills of Sonagiri are the site of dozens of Jaina temples, the bui... Read More
 21 Jun 2012 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Heart of Jainism
By Mrs.Sinclair Stevenson
Published by Humphrey Milford, London - 1915

INTRODUCTION

To the general public Jainism is little more than a mere name, and even students of the Religions of India have often failed to give it the attention it well may claim. T... Read More
 21 Jun 2012 Rare Manuscripts
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A Monk is Greeted at the Gate of the Coronation Hall: Folio from a Kalpasutra Manuscript
Master of the Devasano Pado Kalpasutra (active late 15th century)
Date: ca. 1475
India (Gujarat, possibly Patan) Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

This manuscript, executed on ... Read More