History of Ganigitti Jain Temple
Ganigitti Jain Temple is considered to be one of the earliest structures erected during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire. More specifically, this temple was built around 1385 AD. It was commissioned by Iruguappa. He was the commander in chief and minister of Harihara II. He is also known for his Sanskrit lexicographical work called 'Nanartharatnamala'. Both the composition as well as this temple commissioned by Iruguappa is considered to be historically significant.
Architectural Design of Ganigitti Jain Temple
Ganigitti Jain Temple is considered to be one of the simple stone structures in Hampi. More specifically, this temple is considered to be simple in its form and design. This temple is a representation of the early Vijayanagara style of architecture with influence from the late Chalukya period. Significant architectural features of the temple are a sanctorum, parapet, porches, the stambha and an ancient slab. The sanctorum is devoid of the idol. A terraced super-structure is located over the sanctum of the temple. It is the parapet above the temple which has the stucco image of the Jain saint. The porches of the temple are located to the North and the East. The stambha translates into lamp post in English. It is characteristically large and monolithic and has inscriptions written on it. This lamp post is located in a compound in the north, facing the entrance of the temple. This lamp post is considered to be an iconic structure. The ancient slab consists of inscriptions. The situation leading to the commissioning of the temple is explained on the slab. Close to the main temple is a small shrine.
Other Attraction near Ganigitti Jain Temple
The Bhima’s Gateway, a gateway with military architecture is at stone’s throw from the Ganigitti Jain Temple and is considered to be an attraction for the visitors.
Nearest airport to Hampi is the Hubli airport. It is located at a distance of about 160km west of Hampi. The Belgaum airport is located further northwest of Hampi at a distance of about 270 km. But flying to Bengaluru and taking the Hampi Express is considered to be a more practical option. Bengaluru is connected with all major cities of India by airlines. Also, Bengaluru has many international connections.
As far as railway is concerned, a direct train connection from far places to Hospet Junction (HPT) is advised. Hampi is connected to Hospet town via buses. Some of the direct trains are the Hampi Express, Amaravathi Express, Garib Nawaz Express, Haripriya Express and the Hyderabad - Kolhapur Express. Ganigitti Temple is on the Kampli road from Kamalapura.
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(Last Updated on : 01-08-2016)
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