Saturday, 15 November 2014

Long drive to Delhi - 25 : Jain Temple, Fort Belgaum, Karnataka

Belgaum or Belgavi is a charming city full of greenery & has round the clock free supply of cool breeze. It is situated in Sahyadri Hills & is 760 mtr above mean sea level, about 100 km from Goa & about 500 km from Mumbai or Bangaluru. Temperature ranges from 15 to 34 degrees & rain fall is 1000 mm annually. Humidity remains high throughout the year. It has large cantonment & number of technical & medical colleges. There are plenty of hotels to suit all budgets in city.

It is one of the oldest town of Karnataka & boundaries of the district touch Maharashtra & Goa as well. The Belgaum Fort is situated in the centre of the town & is said to be built in 1204 by Bichiraja of Ratta dynasty.

Kamal Basti (or Basadi) is a Jain temple & is located within the Belgaum Fort. Temple is built in Chalukyas style & is dedicated to Jain Tirthankara Neminath.

Entrance to the temple - small but beautiful

Inverted lotus inside the mandapa
There are finely chiselled pillars & carvings on the walls

Central round platform perhaps for live performances

Fine carvings on walls & side pillars
Superb craftsmanship

Tirthankara Neminath 

Tirthankara Sumatinath

Prayer Hall about 50 yds away
Carvings on the entrance of Prayer Hall
Outer wall of the Prayer Hall

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