Parsvanath Temple (age uncertain)
This is the largest of the Jainist temples in the southeastern group of the temples of Khajuraho. It is also one of the finest in the total temple complex. Measuring 65.6' by 36' (20m x 11m), it lies within a walled enclosure and is noted for the precision of its construction and its beautifully sculpted figures. The temple has a solid outer wall embellished with three bands of graceful sculptures depicting Hindu Gods (despite its affiliation as a Jain temple). More figures can be found on the outer face of the sanctum, depicting 'apsaras' (heavenly nymphs) in a variety of poses.
The temple was originally dedicated to the deity Adinath, but in the late 19th century an image of Parsvanath was installed there and the temple assumed this new name.
The approximate location of the temple is 24.844554' N, 79.936236' E (WGS 84 map datum).
All images copyright 2001 Professor Robert D. Fiala of Concordia University, Nebraska
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