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Abandoned Jain Temples In Wayanad..Monuments of Hoysala architecture..

Posted by Sathesh on November 1, 2011 at 1:15 AM


                 This is to speak about two ruined and abandoned Jain temples in Wayanad, which were assumed as built in 12th  century by the Hoysala dynasty,

the two temples named "Krishna gudi "and" janardana gudi' is splendid show case of the Hoysala  architecture and stone carvings

these temples where made by the stones which is not available in that locality and believed to be brought from Karanataka


As per historianas the hoysala kings of Karnataka done a lot to propagate the Jainism Till King Visnu vardha who opted Vaishnava path of salvation ,and then started the bad fate of Jainism in Karnataka and the plight of the believers to karala started during this period..

the said Jain temples where believed to be raided and destructed during the Mysore invasion by Tippu Sulthan during late years of 18th century

The wall motifs and sculptures similates that of Vijaya Nagara and Hoysala


the " Garba gruha",Mukha Mandapa ,detached Namaskara Mandapa  and the cloistered wall ,all made from granite pillars and heavy sheets were now in ruins

many of the sheets or pillars of the temple with beautiful motifs where either stolen or destroyed

it was very sad to see that there is no steps from any authority to conserve and protect this history rich unique monument

 Hope you will remember to add this small place to include in your must see place when you are in Wayanad next time



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Reply vrajesh
10:47 PM on July 11, 2013 
thank you for this post.
i had not visited these temples..will plan it soon.

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