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Flügel, Peter and Balogh, Daniel and Wright, Clifford and Mallinson, James (2020) 'Jaina Non-Tīrthas in Madhyadeśa I: Fragments of Digambara Temples and A New Vaiṣṇava Inscription in Tumain.' Jaina Studies - Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies, 15. pp. 23-30.

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Abstract

The article introduces the term 'non-tīrtha' as a new analytical category to designate Jaina sacred sites that have vanished or do not yet exist, according to the cyclical Jaina conception of history. It presents new evidence on two different Digambara 'non-sites': Māmoṃ (Bhāmauna) and Tumain (Tumbavana). The Digambara temple of Māmoṃ has completely disintegrated, but is still listed as a tīrtha in Jaina pilgrimage guides, while the non-tīrtha of Tumain is not listed, despite its numerous ancient Jaina sculptures, pillars, and other historical remains. The article presents evidence for the long-sought location of a Jaina temple, and a previously unpublished 10th to 11th century Vaiṣṇava copper-plate inscription, featuring one of the oldest known epigraphic records pertaining to the history of yoga.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: non-tīrtha, atīrtha, tīrtha, atittha, tittha, Jaina, Digambara, temple, pilgrimage place, sculpture, Tumain, Tumbavana, Vaiṣṇava, yoga, copper-plate inscription
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre of Jaina Studies
Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
School Research Centres
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > C Auxiliary sciences of history (General)
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CN Inscriptions. Epigraphy.
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
ISSN: 2059416X
Copyright Statement: with permission of the editors
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2020 13:06
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/32494

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