Brahma Jinalaya
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Brahma jinalaya is in Lakkundi which is located in Gadag District, and is a tiny village on the way to Hampi (Hosapete) from Hubballi which is about 14 km from Dambal and 25 km from Mahadeva Temple (Itagi). It was built by queen Danachintamani Attimabbe and is the largest of many Jain temples in Lakkundi. This Basadi is dedicated to [Adinatha], the most revered saint of Jainism.

Brahma Jinalaya stands as the testimony of the high rank in the Karnataka temple Architecture. The Basadi is perhaps one of the earliest examples of temples in this area built of a kind of fine textured chlorite schist as distinct from the hitherto used sandstone of this region. The new material, because of its less thick quarry sizes and tractability, reacted on the workmanship, with the result that the masonry courses became reduced in size and the carvings more delicate and highly finished. The temple, perhaps built in the latter half of the 11th century, has a five-storeyed vimana, square on plan from the base to the shikhara, and had originally a closed square navaranga in front, though an open mandapawas added in front later on.

Basadi has a well fastened Mukha mantapa and Open hall propped by central pillars decorated with beautiful carving. The Garbagudi holds the idol of Neminatha Tirthankara.

Photography: [Sandeep Shande: #1]

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