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Nearly 427 cms
high, light-red colored, idol of Bhagawan Shantinath in the Kayotsarya
On the bank of the Khudar river at a distance of nearly one kilometer from
During the period between the ninth to the twelfth century of the Vikram
era, the Jain temples of Khajuraho were built by Pahil, the rich Jain
merchant who was honoured by the King. Bhagawan Shantinath is Mulnayak of
this temple. Beside this idol, there in inscription of the year 1085 of
the Vikram era. From the viewpoints of art and culture, Khajuraho is
famous all over the world.
In the compound of this temple, there are 33 temples of which 22 are
pinnacled temples. In one temple, there are ruins of Jain temples. There
is a Shantinathji museum. In it there is a rich collection of many
beautiful works of art.
of art and Sculpture:
For their largeness, distinct artistry and beauty, the temples of
Parshvanath, Adinath and Shantinath are famous all over the world. The
temple with the idol of Parshvanath is beautiful and famous for its
arrangement of pinnacles. Between the archs of the gates, two idols are
carved. On each side of them, six sadhus are seen praying. On the doors of
the sanctuary, the idols of the Ganga, the Yamuna, Chakreshvari, Saraswati
and the nine planets look extremely beautiful and vivid. The beautiful and
fascinating idols of love-making women, women applying collyrium to their
beautiful eyes, Kinnarbalas putting an anklets round their ankles, lustful
women applying scent to their feet, Gandharvas playing on small and big
musical instruments, Kinnars, Kinnaris, Kamdev with five arrows in his
hands, Vidyadhar couples standing with garlands of beautiful flowers in
their hands, are beautiful and extraordinary specimens of sculpture. Such
extraordinary specimens famous for their minute workmanship can hardly be
seen anywhere else in the world. The Adinath temple is famous for
splendousr and charm of pitchers on its high pinnacles. The matchless
idols of Gandharvas, Kinnars, Vidyadhars, presiding deities and celestial
damsels carved in a row outside the wall, are full of beauty and wonder.
The beautiful and artistic scenes of beauty-conscious women looking at the
mirror and applying vermilion at the parting of hair on the head, women
with beautiful eyes applying collyrium to their eyes, anxious celestial
damsels reading letters of unpleasant news, mothers showering affection on
their children, are really beautiful, vivid and fascinating works of art.
The railway station of Panna on the Zansi Manekpur railway line, is at a
distance of 44 kilometers, from this temple. Aeroplanes flying from Delhi
to Khatmandu and to Varanasi always travel via Khajuraho. Bus service and
private vehicles are available. There are Boarding and lodging provisions
near the temple.
Shri Digamber Jain Atishaykshetra Kajuraho, - 471606. Dist - Chhattarpur,
State - Madhyapradesh, India.
Shri Shantinath Bhagwan