Adinath Temple

Address : Jain Mandir Rd, Sevagram, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh 471606

District : Chhatarpur

Phone : 011 2680 2925

Completed : 11th century CE

Deity : Adinatha

Famous For : Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh Jayanti, Vijayadashami

Overview:

Adinatha temple (IAST: Ādinātha Mandir) is a Jain temple located at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is dedicated to the Jain tirthankara Adinatha, although its exterior walls also feature Hindu deities. This temple is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other temples in Khajuraho Group of Monuments. The Adinatha temple is dated to the late 11th century CE. It was probably constructed slightly later than the Vamana temple.
In the garbhgraha, there is a black schist (or basalt) statue of Lord Adinath with a three line inscription. It gives the date (samvat 1215 (1158 AD). It gives the name of the donor as Kumarnandi and the sculptor as Ramaveva. It mention that Kumarnandi was the disciple of Bhanukirti, who was disciple of Rajanandi, who was disciple of Ramachandra of Mula Sangha. The inscription includes 3 shardulavikridita verses in literary Sanskrit. The temple has been classified as a Monument of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India. The plan and design of the Adinatha temple is similar to that of the Vamana temple. There are only a few differences between the two temples. For example, the top row of the outer wall of the Adinatha temple depicts a flying vidyadhara, while that of the Vamana temple shows diamond-shaped decorations. The curvilinear tower of the Adinatha temple is of better proportions than that of the Vamana temple. This, combined with a somewhat more evolved sculptural style, suggests that the Adinatha temple was constructed after the Vamana temple.
Only two major parts of the temple now survive: the vestibule and the sanctum. The roof of the vestibule is particularly remarkable for its elegant design.

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