Jainism

A General view of Palitana

Built on Mount Shatrunjaya in the town of Palitana, these 863 temples receive millions of visitors each year. Of the 24 Tirthankaras in Jainism, 23 have visited this holy site. The first Tirthankara, Adinath is believed to have preached his first sermon here. The town was ruled by the Gohil family who have ruled parts… Read more »

Lokapurusha

The Lokapurusha is the man who symbolises the universe in Jain cosmology. He appears in Jain cosmograms, like the one above, and the worlds of the gods, humans and the damned are mapped on his body. Urdhva Loka, the world of gods, is situated on his upper torso and dotted with images of shrines. Manushya… Read more »