GREETINGS ON BIRTH CEREMONY - 23 DECEMBER 2016 PARSHVANATH TEMPLE- KHAJURAHO This temple belongs t
GREETINGS ON BIRTH CEREMONY - 23 DECEMBER 2016 PARSHVANATH TEMPLE- KHAJURAHO
This temple belongs to jain group of temples and is one of the important temples in khajuraho, It is said to have been originally dedicated to Bhagwan Adinath, the first tirthankar. Parshvanatha temple (IAST: Pārśvanātha Mandir) is a 10th century Jain temple located at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is now dedicated to Parshvanatha, although it was probably built as an Adinatha shrine during the Chandela period. Despite the temple's Jain affiliation, its exterior walls feature Vaishnavaite themes. The temple entrance has an inscription with a most-perfect magic square. This temple is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other temples in the Khajuraho Group of Monuments. The temple is believed to have been constructed by a prominent Jain family between 950 and 970 CE, during the reign of the Chandela king Dhanga. A 954 CE (1011) inscription on the left door jamb of the temple records gifts and endowments of gardens by one Pahila. The gardens are named Pahila-vatika, Chandra-vatika, Laghuchandra-vatika, Shankara-vatika, Panchaitala-vatika, Amra-vatika and Dhanga-vadi. The inscription describes Pahila as a devotee of Jinanatha, and states that he was held in great esteem by the king Dhanga. The earliest idol enshrined in the temple appears to have been that of Adinatha. When the British archaeological surveyor Alexander Cunningham visited the temple in 1852, he found the main sanctum of the temple deserted. He described the temple as "Jinanatha temple", and wrote that it had been repaired by a Jain banker in 1847. In 1860, a Parshvanatha idol was installed in the main sanctum. An Adinatha statue was placed in a secondary shrine attached to the rear of the temple. The temple has been classified as a Monument of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India. The Parshvanatha temple is the largest among the Jain temples of Khajuraho. It has an entrance porch, a small hall, a large hall (mandapa), a vestibule, and a sanctum. The temple structure has an oblong architectural plan with projections at two ends. The front (eastern) projection forms the entrance porch, the back (western) projection is a shrine attached to the sanctum. The ceiling of the entrance porch features chain and floral patterns, and a pair of intertwined flying vidyadharas. The door-lintel of the mandapa has the sculpture of Adinatha's attendant: a ten-armed Chakreshvari riding a Garuda. The sanctum features sculptures of the Jinas. The outer walls of the temple have three bands of sculptures.These sculptures feature surasundaris (graceful women), flying couples, dancers, musicians, and celestial beings. Despite the temple's Jain affiliation, the outer walls also depict Vaishnavite themes including sculptures of various Hindu gods and their incarnations with their consorts. These include Vishnu-Lakshmi, Rama-Sita, Balarama-Revati, Parashurama, Hanuman, Brahma and Yamalarjuna legend of Krishna.