Jain temples, Abhapur
|Abhapur Jain temples|
|Deity||Rishabhanatha, Parshvanatha, Neminatha|
|Location||Abhapur, Polo Forest, Sabarkantha, Gujarat|
|Date established||15th century|
Abhapur Jain temples were constructed in the 15th century. The Jain and Hindu temples in close proximity at Abhapur, Polo and Antarsurbha site suggests the co-existence both Jainism and Hinduism during medieval period.
The Lakhena Jain temple or Lakhena na Dera is the largest temple in Abhapur. The temple is rich in architecture with exquisite sculptures of apsara. The temple also has a well in the premise. The lower level chamber where idols were concelled in the past. The temple is made of sandstone with well carved ceiling and jalis in the mandapa having various natural and geometric patterns. Only the arch remains where a main dome exited in the past. The temple is two storeyed with gudhamandapa and antarala. The antarala ceiling has a beautiful sculpture. The temple has beautifully executed screens, swan panels, and other carvings and the richly carved pillars have carvings compareable to the Dilwara Temples. The doors in the garbhagriha has carving similar to that of wooden door. The mulnayak of the temple is an image of Jain Tirthankara Parshvanatha with Goddess Padmavati on the sides. The temple is 150 by 70 feet (46 by 21 m) in area. The temple was formerly surrounded by 52 devkulika shrines.
Behind the Lakhena na dera is a small temple with exposed ceiling. The temple has a well in the premises.
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