CONTRIBUTION OF JAINAS TO ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF CHIKODI REGION OF BELGAUM DISTRICT OF KARNATAKA STATE

Dr. Chandrakant Koligudde

Abstract


Jainism’s glorious  historic Past backs much more to the remotest Pre-historic and Pre-Vedic Period; quite  Contrary to the British Historians saying that  Jainism began with the Mahaveer just  25000 years ago . Contradicting this at the very outset, it is quite doubtlessly clear from the historical and Archaeological evidence that Jainism goes back not only to the 24th Jain Tirthankara Mahavira but There 1st Predecessor Adinath  Rishabhadev

    Chikkodi is one of the richest Taluka in Belgaum district of Karnataka States. It is 75 km far away from District Headquarters.  Jainas Contribution to art and Architecture is not only unique but also substantial in the terms of both quality and quantity .The art and architecture of Jainas of Chikkodi region is significantly, which reflects in the Philosophical and religious attitude as well as the Cultural aspirations of the People. The Jaina basadis, like the Temples of the early Period in Chikkodi Taluks were the Centre’s of the five-fold activities of Worship, Feeding, Medical care, Shelter and Education. It is stated that Art is the handmaid of religion..There were Many Pilgrimage Centre’s in Chikkodi Taluka


Keywords


Archaeology, Art and Architecture, Basadis, Features Thirthankaras, Adinath, Prasvanath ,Jaina Centres and Sculptures

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