Jain Temple

Historical

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Distance (From Pattadadal Bus Stand): 1 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto / Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 1 km from Pattadakal Bus Stand & Temple Complex entrance toward Badami, Jain Temple is a 9th century temple built by Rashtrakutas and Kalyani Chalukyas.

Built in Dravidian style, the temple has a large mukhamandapa followed by rangamandapa and sanctum. Built on an elevated platform, the mukhamandapa has 16 round shaped pillars. The life size elephant statues on both sides of doorway welcome the tourists. The mukhamandapa has stone benches with back support. The outer walls of the back support have nice carvings human figures, dwarfs, Sankhanidhi and Padmanidhi and kalasas.

The rangamandapa has four pillars, heavy and plain. The antarala is supported by two pillars. The sanctum has a pradakshina-patha and the most interesting aspect is the crocodile arch of the sanctum. The sanctum houses a small shivalinga, which might have been placed after Jainism is diminished in the region.

The rangamandapa and sanctum have lattice windows and outer walls are decorated with wall brackets.