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General view of the Jain Basti, Lakkundi

General view of the Jain Basti, Lakkundi

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1983)

Item number: 10031983

Length: 20

Width: 25.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Jain Basti in Lakkundi, Karnataka taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. The Jain Basti is situated at the northern end of the town and is the largest temple at Lakkundi. This temple dates to the 11th century and faces east. It consists of a sanctuary with projections on three sides adjoining an enclosed hall and an open mandapa decorated with kirtimukha masks and figures of seated Jinas in niches. The walls are pilastered and have small pavilions in relief with miniature towers. The pyramidal tower is topped with a square roof. A four feet tall image of Mahavira made out of black stone stands inside the temple. The temple's interior is largely plain, with little ornamentation other than the occasional rosette on the ceiling. Overall the Jain Basti is similar in style and plan to the Kallesvara temple at Kukkanur.

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