Enriching study

Print edition : March 22, 2013

A sculpture of Mahavira in Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu. Mahavira is the last of the succession of 24 Jinas or Tirthankaras mentioned in the Jaina tradition. Photo: Tamil Nadu State Archaeological Department

A view of the caves at Ellora, Maharashtra. The minimalist and austere aesthetics of the Jina image are offset in Jaina art by a robust and lively representation of flora, fauna and human forms that pervade and enliven the Jina's environs in the cave or structural temple that marks his abode. This is particularly true of the Jaina caves at Ellora. Photo: PAUL NORONHA

Historical perspectives on the aesthetic expressions and visual culture of the Jainas.
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