Ride Representation in Gori Jain Temple of Thar Desert of Sindh

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  • ZAHEER UDDIN SHAR
  • QASID HUSSAIN MALLAH

Abstract

This paper focuses on the Jain comma a sacred place structured with limestone blocks laid in Cheroli mortar* and associated with Jainism containing marvelous cult paintings and pictures which demonstrate the life of two Tirthankara (spiritual leaders), these names are: Parsvanatha, the 23rd and Mahavira 24th Tirthankara, with additional motifs of devotional behavior of Jain monks and followers. The illustrations include faunal and floral images in a particular style. In faunal representation the lion, elephant, horse, goat, and deer are prominent. Some birds like peacock, crow, curlew, and duck, etc. are similarly prominent. In floral motifs, images like rose petals are depicted. All are painted on the dome roofs in 10 circular panels. This research focuses on the description of the riding of Tirthankar and a monk on an elephant, horse, and men. In the pillared hall, there are portraits of Mahavira and Parsvanatha Jain Tirthankaras riding on a horse, victory elephant and palanquin etc. Most illustrations are colored in dark brown with beautiful fresco paintings.The objective of this research is to explain the nature of paintings, why were animals portrayed in the temple? Is there any significance of the paintings on the temple? Is there any mystical or theological angle to the paintings?

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2021-03-11

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ZAHEER UDDIN SHAR, & QASID HUSSAIN MALLAH. (2021). Ride Representation in Gori Jain Temple of Thar Desert of Sindh. Quarterly Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society, 68(4). Retrieved from http://phs.com.pk/index.php/phs/article/view/88

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