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Reflections on Jaina and Vīra-Śaiva Interactions in the Art and Architecture of Karnataka

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Jun 03 2022 to Jun 03 2022 5:30 p.m.

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Bangalore International Centre

7 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

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From Konkan to Coromandel – Deccan Heritage, Art and Culture (Summer 2022)

From Konkan to Coromandel – Deccan Heritage, Art and Culture (Summer 2022). The fourth season of seminars and lectures co-organized by the Deccan Heritage Foundation, the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, and the Bangalore International Centre, presenting the pioneering work of scholars in various cultural fields from both the Northern and Southern Deccan regions of India.

The Jainas experienced a period of great political and cultural flourishing in Karnataka from about the 5th century CE onwards. In the early/mid-12th century, the influence of the community was severely threatened and significantly diminished by newly formed and incoming religious cults. These were largely Vīra-Śaivas (Liṅgāyats), but to a certain extent also Śrī-Vaiṣṇavas and Muslims. As a consequence, the Jainas were deposed and large sections of the population converted.

This presentation analyses the effects these religious and political changes had on the art and architecture of the Jainas as well as on that of the new ruling elites. Some Jaina statues and temple edifices were partially or completely destroyed, while others were re-used. By not entirely eradicating all traces of the formerly dominant culture and by integrating vestiges into their own artistic traditions, the newly empowered groups entered into an indirect dialogue with Jaina religious customs and artistic traditions, which ultimately changed the culture of all parties involved.

Image credit (website & poster): Mutilated Jaina statues at the Pañcakūṭa Basti at Kambadhalli, Karnataka.

In collaboration with the Deccan Heritage Foundation, the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, and the Bangalore International Centre.


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