Meguti Jain Temple- 24th Tirthankara of Jains

Monalika Medatwal

Ravikriti, a courtier of Pulakeshin II, has constructed the Meguti Jain temple between 634 and 635AD. The temple is dedicated to the 24th Tirthankara of Jains whose name was Mahavira. Sandstone is used to construct the temple and it is considered as the oldest temple . It’s an amazing place located in Aihole, Karnataka, India. 

Centuries ago, Aihole was the first capital city of the Early Chalukyan dynasty and a renowned centre of art. Its location in the Malaprabha river valley and proximity to ancient sandstone quarries made Aihole the perfect location to carry out architectural tests and trials.

The Meguti Jain Temple is known for its beautiful architecture and intricate carvings. It’s made of sandstone and stands on a hill, offering a stunning view of the surrounding landscape. The temple has a simple yet elegant design, with a pillared hall and a sanctum at the center , which attracts a number of visitors every year.

 The temple has an inscription in the Kannada language, which provides valuable historical information. The carvings on the walls depict scenes from Jain mythology and showcase the skill and craftsmanship of the artisans.

Visiting the Meguti Jain Temple is like stepping back in time. It’s a peaceful and serene place where you can admire the ancient architecture and soak in the spiritual atmosphere. 

It’s a true gem that showcases the rich cultural heritage of India.

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