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The Jain Center of Indragiri Durable Link to this BLOG
Indragiri
• 3347 feet above the sea level
• the monolithic statue is 57 feet in height *The ivy madhari (Gaertnera racemosa) is carved on the body of the statue. This ivy, a popular flower locally (known as kadu gulaganji) blooms in spring.
• Ganga king Rachamalla's minister Chavundaraya erected this statue 974-984 A.D. From the inscriptions in Indargiri, we can say that the statue was released for public view in 983 A.D.
• on the right hand side of the statue there is a six feet statue of a chauri bearer. The bearer is ecoaretd i the Hoysala style attire and is holding fruit in offering. A female figure of equal size and stature is carved on the elft side.
• The dwarapalaka at the left of the premise has four hands. There is a mantapa carved of stone during the early century (erected by minister Baladeva). There are nine statues --of eight dikpalas and one of Indra The outside compund was builr by the Ganga king in 1117 A.D.
• Over the years many devotees hasve erected forty three statues -- all but tow being those of Jaina teerthankaras. A merchant Basavi Shetty is said to have contributed 24 of them in 1200 A.D.
• There is a five feet statue of Aji in black marble said to have been erected by Chavundaraya at the footsteps of a Brhmadeva sthamha. *There is a monolithic great door on which Goddess Laxmi with a herd of elephants . On the either sides of the great entrance are temples for Bahubali and bharateshwara. King Bharatesh built them in 1130 A.D.
• Numerous names of Jaina gurus are mentioned here. Jaina poet Bopanna (a.k.a. Sujanottama) has described the life of Bahubali. He was the son of first tirthanaka Purudeva and a younger brother of Bharata. A feud broke out among the brothers to share the inheritance and they decided to fight it out. Bahubali wins the duel which consisted of contests of concentration, ideas, and physical duels. Yet, he lets Bharata inherit the kingdom and takes to meditation, discarding everything -- including clothes. He stood straight and medidated without moving. In due course of time the ivy grew on his body and snakes built snakehills. Eventually, bahubali became visible on to the Jains sages (or invisible to the ordinary people), and Bharata erected a statue of bahubali in the city of pandanapura that was as high as the height of 525 bows. Minister Chavundaraya could not pay a visit to this statue, and instead erected one locally. After the commisioning, Chavundaraya coronated the statue with tremendous volume of milk, and the story is that the milk never flowed though the feet of the statue. Finally, there was a devotee Aji who had brought some milk in the shell of a Gulekai fruit. As soon as this milk was poured, the whole milk flowed downthe statue as a river of milk. Hence the town is nemed Belagola. This also explains the statue of Aji.

An incomplete statue of king Bharata can also be found in Chanadragiri

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Sunday, October 7, 2001
Last Modified: 10/7/2002

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