Siddhachal Jain Temple Caves – Monoliths and Carvings at Gwalior

On the way up to the Gwalior fort the road climbs through a wooded gorge called the Urwahi valley. Facing it, and carved into the soaring sandstone cliff, are the imposing ‘Jain‘ monoliths that depict the Teerthankars. The Sanskrit/Hindi word “Teerth” means a destination situated at the bank of a river and “Teerthankar” would mean someone who enables a traveller to reach this destination. Symbolizing the flow of existence as a flowing river, “Teerthankar” would essentially mean an enlightened master who helps fellow beings in crossing the river and reaching the ‘destination’. The monolith statues are believed to have been carved in the 15th century under the patronage of a Tomar king.

For a video tour to these massive monoliths please see >>ย this post!

DSC_0936 IMG_1899 IMG_1900 IMG_1904 IMG_1907 IMG_1918 IMG_1920 IMG_1921 IMG_1922

More info about the carvings: http://www.touristlink.com/india/jain-monoliths-gwalior/overview.html

Advertisements

Published by

adityapathak

Please visit me at my homepage https://adityapathak.net/ for more info. Thanks and best wishes, Aditya

One thought on “Siddhachal Jain Temple Caves – Monoliths and Carvings at Gwalior”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s