Jain World
Sub-Categories of Passions

Jainism  -  Respect For All Life

The birth of Jainism
Mahavira the Path-Maker
The Enlightenment
The Rise of Jainism
  The Two Sects
  The Scriptures
  Rise and Fall
  Jain Beliefs-The Universe
  The Soul
  Karma and Rebirth
  The way of Salvation
  The Everyday Life of a Jain
  The Life of an Ascetic
  Ways of Worship
  Temples and Domestic Shrines
  Ninian Smart

Temples and Domestic Shrines



One of the glories of Jainism is its heritage of magnificent temple architecture.  Two of its outstanding developments are the temple-cities, some of which have hundreds of shrines from many different periods, and the fretted ceilings and ornamented pillars with their delicately carved figures and flowers in marble, perhaps the finest of their kind in the world.  The numerous modern temples in the towns and cities are smaller and undistinguished.

Jain homes incorporate domestic shrines.  According to scriptural instruction, they are supposed to be made of wood, and some with elaborately carved doors and door-frames have survived.