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Flügel, Peter and Wright, J. Clifford and Balogh, Dániel and Mevissen, Gerd and Willis, Michael (2019) 'Riddles of the Rock-Carved Hindu and Jaina Sculptures and Inscriptions at Rakhetrā.' Jaina Studies - Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies, 14. pp. 24-30.

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Abstract

The article presents new evidence on the archaeological site of Rakhetrā (M.P.), with particular attention to the rock-carved Hindu and Jaina sculptures and inscriptions. Photos of the three 10th, 15th and 17th century inscriptions on site are published for the first time, as well as a tentative transliteration of the important Jaina inscription next to a foot-image of Upādhyāya Viśālarāja, listing the names of his yet unidentified 15th century Jaina monastic lineage. The functions of rock-cut Jaina sculptures at remote places, object for worship, ornamentation or propagation, are discussed, and it is argued that the colossal sculpture of Ādinātha, that dominates the multi-functional site, was probably primarily a marker of the religious sphere of influence of the Digambara tīrtha Thūbonjī.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Rakhetrā, Jaina, archaeology, rock-carved sculptures, inscription, Ādinātha, Viśālarāja, pādukā, Thūbona Digambara, Śvetambara
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre of Jaina Studies
Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
ISSN: 2059416X
Copyright Statement: With permission of the editors
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2019 11:15
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/30534
Related URLs: https://www.soa ... k/jainastudies/ (Publisher URL)

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