Middle Chola Temples

by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam | 1975 | 141,178 words

This volume of Chola Temples covers Rajaraja I to Kulottunga I in the timeframe A.D. 985-1070. The Cholas of Southern India left a remarkable stamp in the history of Indian architecture and sculpture. Besides that, the Chola dynasty was a successful ruling dynasty even conquering overseas regions....

The small village of Chikka Hansoge in Yedatore taluk, Mysore district was an important Jaina centre in the past. Of the many Jina temples in the area, we are here concerned only with the one called the Jina basti Jain temple).

Jina Basti (Rajendrasola Jinalayam)

Above its doorway, there are two short inscriptions in Grantha and Tamil characters, running as follows (EC, V, My, Yedatore, 21 & 22):

“Sri Rajendra Cholan... Jinalayam desigganam basadi pustaka-gachcham”,


“Sri Vira Rajendra Nanni Changalva Devarmmadisiddha pustaka-gachchada basadi.”

These lead us to infer that this Jaina temple was built during the reign of Rajendra I and that a local chief named Vira Rajendra Nanni Changalva deva (caused to be) built the gachcha in the basadi (basti).

The same chief also erected another Jina temple, according to another inscription. It thus appears that this area was a strong Jaina centre even as late as the twelfth century a.d.

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