THE CONDITION OF JAIN TEMPLES IN SOUTH INDIA IS MATTER OF CONCERN
MAKODU'S PARASWNATH TEMPLE - Makodu (Makod), a silent village in the Periyapatna
taluk of Mysore district has a very ancient history. The ancient Basava (Nandi)
temple and the Parshwanath temple are living proofs to this. The Basava temple
is in good shape and is worshiped regularly.
Ruined Parshwanth Temple - The Parshwanath temple is in a very dilapidated
condition and demands immediate attention of the community. For a first timer to
the village it is hard to locate the temple. Even after locating one cannot make
out that it is a Jain temple owing to the fact that it is on its ruins. We can
find a lot of plants, trees and creepers grown around the external walls of the
temple. Most parts of the external structure are in a dismantled state. It is
very shocking to note that the temple has been converted into a store room and a
cow shed. We can find a pile of broken pipes, bamboos being put up to tie the
cows and is used as a working place for a couple of families around the temple
to stock their fire wood. A couple of houses with mud walls have also been
constructed around the temple in the area said to be belonging to the temple.
Construction of the Temple - We cannot find any inscriptions or other historical
sources mentioning about the temples antiquity. However, looking at its
structure and history of the place we can conclude that the temple might have
been constructed during the Hoysalan period (around 12 -13th Century).
Temple Structure - Externally it has an attractive adhishtana (foundation).
Internally the temple has a multi pillared wide hall (navaranga) leading to a
smaller hall (sukanasi) and the sanctum sanctorum (garbagriha). The sanctum
sanctorum houses a 5 feet 9 inches high ruined idol of Lord Parshwanath in the
standing (Kayotsarga) posture. The idol is flanked by Dharanendra Yaksha,
Padmavati Yaksi and have attractively carved arch enclosure surrounding it. The
idol has seven hoods and the face is mutilated. The idol has been chipped off
intermittently all throughout its length. The Navaranga and the Garbagriha have
attractive carvings along its roof.
Location - Makodu is a village located at a distance of 61 Kms from Mysore, 17
Kms from Hunsur, 20 Kms from Periyapatna & 25 Kms from Krishnarajanagar.
This ancient temple will vanish from public view forever
unless urgent steps are taken to protect it. ..................Click
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