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Historic Structure of Jainism

Jainism, one of the oldest religions in the world flourished all over India and in South India, while Telangana state too is home to some of the historic Jain temples and sites. The spread of Jain faith here centuries ago shows the multi-cultural and multi religious influence in the region.

Mahabubnagar district in Telangana has been a key center of this faith, hundreds of years ago and in this regard, there has been significant archeological explorations, conducted in the region. The Alvanpalli, (Gollathagudi) village is located close to Jadcherla Mandal headquarters. There is a rare temple built in large size bricks plastered with lime.

It is a rare brick temple belonging to 7th – 8th Century A.D. It is the only brick temple of Jainism faith which retained architectural features and stucco decorations. The stucco figurines discovered in the excavations exhibit the continuation of the lime plastic Art of Amaravathi School. The temple has been a subject of study, due to its unique architectural elements, which is not that prominent in other Jain sites.

The excavations nearby the settlement at Gollathagudi by the Archaeology team has brought to light many Jainism vestiges besides the remnants of a Hindu Temple, belonging to early medieval times. Jainism sculptures like Mahaveera, Parsvanatha and other objects found here, have been shifted to the District Museum, Pillalamarri, Mahabubnagar as well as the State Museum in Public Gardens, Hyderabad for preservation.

Alvanpalli (Gollathagudi) village is located about 10 km from Jadcherla town and nearly 30 km from the district headquarters of Mahabubnagar. It is well-accessible by road.

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