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Manastambha (meaning column of honor) is a pillar that is often constructed in front of Jain temples. In north India, it is always topped by four Tirthankara images.

A Jain temple represents the samosharana of the Lord Tirthankara. According to the Jain tradition, a lofty manastambha stands in front of the samosharana, which causes someone entering a samosharana, to shed his pride (Mana).

A monolithic manastambha is a standard feature in the Jain temples of Mudabidri. They include a statue of Brahmadeva on the top as a guardian yaksha[1].

Sopme of the well known Jain manastambhas are[2]:

Manastambhas in South India are generally monolithic.

See also


  1. ^ The Brahmadeva Pillars. An Inquiry into the Origin and Nature of the Brahmadeva Worship among the Digambara Jains, S. Settar , Artibus Asiae, Vol. 33, No. 1/2 (1971), pp. 17-38
  3. ^ Moodabidri ( Mudabdri)
  4. ^ CHANDRAGIRI (Chikkabetta)

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