Temples: Brahma Jinalaya
Brahma Jinalaya – Overview
The Brahma Jinalaya is located in Lakkundi village in Gadag district, Karnataka.
The Brahma Jinalaya is a Jain Basadi in Lakkundi village. Lakkundi is famous for its many ancient temples and monuments dating from the Later Chalukya period. Many inscriptions were discovered here covering the Chalukya, Kalachurya and Hoysala periods. Among the many different temples and monuments here is the remarkable Brahma Jinalaya, the oldest Jain Basadi in Lakkundi.
This temple is dedicated to the greatest of the Jain Thirthankaras, Mahavira. There is also a beautiful idol of Lord Brahma in this temple.
Brahma Jinalaya – Architecture
The Brahma Jinalaya, a Jain Basadi, was built by Queen Attimabbe, the wife of a Chalukya Chieftain. She was a generous patron of arts and was given the title ‘Daanachintamani’. This is the oldest of the Jain temples in Lakkundi. It is built of Chloritic Schist, a building material that made for easier and more delicate carvings. Built on a square plan, it has a 5 storied Vimana. It has a mukha mandapa and an open pillared hall.
The Garbagudi or sanctum houses the idol of Vardhamana Mahavira. The statue of Brahma Deva in this temple is captivating. He is depicted standing, with 4 faces. The faces are polished and form a darker contrast to the rest of the idol. At his feet are his consorts, Savitri and Gayatri.
How to Get to Brahma Jinalaya
The nearest Railway Station is at Gadag. From Gadag, you can get bus service to Lakkundi. You can visit this temple all through the year, and there’s not particular best time as the climate in generally pleasant.