In an antique land

  • Aratipura, the ancient site which belongs to 9-14th century had been one of the most important Jain religious complexes in Karnataka.
  • It is also called as Tipruru and surrounded by the Kanakagiri hills.
  • The artefacts belongs to the Ganga and Hoyasala dynasties that ruled this region between 9th and 14th century.
  • The script and language of the inscriptions found in the site were in the Kannada of the Hoysala period.
  • The site is known for the sculpture of Parsvanatha, the 23rd Tirthankara in the Jain pantheon, standing on a lotus pedestal under the hood of a snake.
  • There is also a 2.2-metre sculpture of Bahubali stands on Shravana Betta that predates the one at Sravanabelagola.
  • The monolithic statue of Bahubali at Shravanabelagola was carved from a single block of granite.
  • It was built by the Ganga Dynasty Minister Chavundaraya in 10thCentury and it is 17 m tall, one of the largest free-standing statues in the world.

Source; The Hindu

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