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Hindu Temple Built in Jain Architecture

Ancient temples are spread far and wide in Telangana, and each temple is unique in terms of architecture and other elements. It is this style of construction that helps historians trace the period in which they are built. These are not just temples but great monuments, representing a lasting legacy.

Sri Lakshmi Narayana Swamy Temple located in Jainath village and Mandal, Adilabad district is one such historic shrine.This is a Vaishnavite Temple and a protected Monument of the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Telangana.The temple is located on two feet high platform. The Lord’s idol in the sanctum sanctorum in this shrine is six-feet tall, created entirely out of black stone.

Origin of the temple

It records the military achievements of King Jagaddeva, the son of Udayaditya belonging to Paramarafamily. The inscriptions here also records the foundation of an Agrahara and also the erection of a temple of Nimvaditya by Padmavathi, the wife of Lolarka.

According to Kolanupaka inscriptions, Jagaddevawas in control of Kollipaka province for a short period from 1104 – 1108 A.D in the role of a subordinate for Chalukya king Tribhuvanamalla of Kalyani dynasty.

 

Architecture

The temple is believed to have been constructed in 12th Century AD in Hemadpanthi Style.  The temple depicts all the features of the Jain style of temple architecture and consequently, the village was named Jainath.  The temple faces east and is erected on a high jagati, which elevates the structure from its surrounding area. The jagati also serves as an open promenade and Pradakshanapatha around this temple.

The compartments of this temple namely Mukhamandapa, Antharala and Garbhagriha are connected both internally and externally, which is a defining feature. They are located on a single axis, which runs from east to west. The walls of this temple have been built with large blocks of dressed stones. The Ashtakona Mandapam features four intricately carved pillars.

There is an attractive vigraha in the Northeast corner of the temple, facing west and there are attractive carvings on the top of this vigraha. The temple also features Brahma and Dashavatara panels.  A Devanagari inscription found here starts with ‘Surya NarayanaayaNamaha’ and ends with ‘Maha VeeraNaama Aditya PratapavanPallavijayaaditya’. Due to the prominent Surya NaamaStuthi shlokas, this temple is also known as Surya Narayana Temple.

The village has a number of other small temples but the main temple is dedicated to Sri Lakshmi Narayana. The sunrays fall directly on the Moolaviraat on the occasion of AshwayujaPournima.  There are ongoing efforts to develop this temple and the surroundings as important places of tourist attraction in Adilabad district and North Telangana.

How to Reach

Jainath temple is located at a distance of nearly 20 km from Adilabad town and 327 km from Hyderabad city.It is well-accessible by road transport.

 

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