Jain Temples in the Forts

Why there are Jain Temples on Many Forts In India

Jainism was religion of warriors until recent past. Many famous emperors, kings, queens, Generals and ministers were followers of Jainism. That is why we see beautiful Jain temples in many forts, especially in the Western Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Here is a brief introduction to Jain temples in the forts.

This just a small part of the information on Jain Temples in forts. I will try to add more information with photograph to this article.

-Mahavir Sanglikar

Hangal Fort, Karnataka

Hangal fort is situated about 75 Kilo Meters away from Hubli, in Karnataka state of India. There is a 12th Century Jain temple inside the fort. It belonged to Hoyasal Dynasty, one of the most important dynasties in Karnataka. Hoyasala dynasty was founded by a great Jain Acharya, Sudatta. Most of the kings from this dynasty were followers Jainism.

Hangal Fort Jain Temple, another view
Hangal Fort Jain Temple, another view | Source
Jain Temple at Hangal Fort, in Karnataka
Jain Temple at Hangal Fort, in Karnataka | Source

Belgaum fort, Karnataka

Belgaum in North Karnataka was capital of Ratt Kings. They were branch of Rashtrakoots. Like Rashtrakoots, Ratt also were staunch followers of Jainism. With the royal patronage, Belgaum became a center of Jain activities for many centuries.

Even today, Belgaum is a stronghold of Jainism.

Kamal Basadi Jain Temple in Belgaum Fort
Kamal Basadi Jain Temple in Belgaum Fort | Source
Kamal Basadi Jain Temple in Belgaum Fort
Kamal Basadi Jain Temple in Belgaum Fort | Source

Jain Temple at Devgiri Fort

Devgiri fort, which is situated in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, is also know as Daulatabad fort. Devgiri was capital of Yadav dynasty. Jainism was their personal religion for early kings from this dynasty. Dridh Prahar, the founder of this dynasty was born into a Jain temple at Anjneri, near Nashik.

This is ruins of Jain temple at Devgiri fort. Now it is known as Bharat Mata Mandir

Ruins of Jain Temple at Devgiri Fort. Photo by MM212
Ruins of Jain Temple at Devgiri Fort. Photo by MM212 | Source

Jain Temple at Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore was a famous fort of Maharana Pratap. Bharmal, the father of General Bhamashah was Chief of this fort. This is a Jain temple on Ranthambore fort.

Jain Temple at Ranthambore Fort, Rajasthan
Jain Temple at Ranthambore Fort, Rajasthan | Source

Gwalior Fort Jain Temple

Gwalior Fort is one of the most famous and big forts in India. It was built by Tomar Kings. There are many Jain cave temples with very large idols of Jain Teerthankars, in this fort. Here is a photograph of a Jain temple, and a Jain idols in a Cave inside this fort.

Jain Temple inside Gwalior Fort
Jain Temple inside Gwalior Fort | Source
Jain idols inside Gwalior Fort
Jain idols inside Gwalior Fort | Source

Jain Temple at Chittor Garh, Rajasthan

Chittor was capital of Mewar, the kingdom of the great king Maharana Pratap. Maharana Pratap was closely associated with Jainism, as this dynasty was follower of both Shaivism and Jainism. His prime minister, many other ministers and Generals too were follower of Jainism, as it was their own religion for many Rajputs.

There are several Jain temples inside the fort.

Jain Temple on Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan
Jain Temple on Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan | Source

Jain Temple at Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan

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JYOTI KOTHARI 2 years ago from Jaipur

Jainismus,

I have visited some of these Jain temples you have mentioned in this hub. These are beautiful and carrying past glory of Jainism.

Thanks for a nice hub with eyecatching photographs. I have rated this up and recommended in H+


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Just History & Cyndi10,

Thank you for your comments. Really they are great pictures of great architecture.


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Cyndi10 5 years ago from Georgia

Absolutely beautiful photography of amazing architecture. The temples look more like sculptures than buildings. Thank you so much for sharing with us.


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Just History 5 years ago from England

Great photographs- they oooze the feelings of centuries passed in a hot sun

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