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Jain Images, Vidisha


The Jain Images are found at Dharampur in the vicinity of Sironj in Vidisha district. The most important among the various images are that of the oldest known monument idol of Chandranath, the eighth Jain Tirthankar. This image is about two meters in high and is roughly one metre broad. An inscription on the image dates it back to AD 155.

The image was found half buried under the ground, and before the excavation, it was locally known by the name Kali Telan. Another object of historical significance found in the environs is the Nisaiya, a sacred object for Jains. One can also see the broken old statue of Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankar of Jains.

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