jain rock-cut temples (india)


Photos of rock-cut Jain temples in Gwalior (India).­

Those temples include giant rock-cut sculptures of the Tirthankaras (the 24 great Jain teachers).­

Interestingly, those sculptures are often partly hidden inside the rock, with only the head visible through a "window".­ The rest of the giant sculpture is behind a wall of rock and can be seen only by entering through a small passage at the bottom.­

All the Jain sculptures were defaced and castrated by Muslim armies in the 16th century, but some were restored /­ rebuilt later.­

For more information about the Jain religion, please read the following Wikipedia articles:
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Jainism
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Tirthankar
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­List_­of_­Jain_­temples