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Jain Wonders: Shravanabelagola and Lakkundi.



  Nov 29, 2023

Shravanabelagola Monuments, Hassan and Lakkundi Monuments, Gadag



Shravanabelagola Monuments, Hassan

Shravanabelagola, nestled in Karnataka’s Hassan district, is a significant Jain pilgrimage site renowned for its colossal statue of Lord Bahubali, which stands as one of the tallest monolithic statues in the world.
The site exemplifies unique architectural mastery and religious reverence, dating back to the 10th century. This ancient town is dotted with a myriad of Jain temples, inscriptions, and sculptures, each narrating tales of Jain heritage and cultural richness.
The inclusion of Shravanabelagola monuments in the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list would not only recognize its historical and spiritual significance but also help preserve and promote its unique cultural legacy.
This step could also boost tourism, furthering economic development in the region while maintaining the sanctity and conservation of this historical marvel.

Lakkundi Monuments, Gadag

Lakkundi, in Gadag district, is a hidden gem of Karnataka, often overshadowed by more prominent historical sites. This erstwhile Jain bastion is home to over 50 temples, 101 stepped wells (Kalyani), and numerous inscriptions, predominantly showcasing the Western Chalukya architectural style.
The temples of Lakkundi, with their intricate sculpture and ornate décor, stand as a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship of the era. The Manikeshwara temple, the Kashivishveshwara temple, and the stepped wells are particularly notable for their architectural splendor. Proposing Lakkundi for the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list acknowledges its historical and architectural significance.
This recognition could play a pivotal role in the preservation of Lakkundi’s heritage, attracting both researchers and tourists alike, thus contributing to the local economy and cultural awareness.

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