It has maintained its rich heritage despite its small number of followers in the large Indian nation. Its principles focus on non-violence, non-absolutism, non-possessiveness and the cyclical nature of the universe. Jains worship in temples whose unique architecture portrays the tenets of its religion, by embodying the splendour and glory of austerity in intricately sculpted, usually marble shrines. Photographer Varun Joshi embarked on an 11-month journey, travelling throughout India, to capture the beauty of this rich religion, documenting the ancient temples and other cultural artifacts in an illuminating coffee table book.
The 90-page book, Jainism – A Spiritual Journey, showcases 300 detailed photographs that present a facet of Jainism, as depicted through its writings, temple architecture and scriptural carvings. One of the temples featured in this book is the Ranakpur Jain Temple in Pali district, Rajasthan, one of the largest Jain temples in India, renowned for its elaborately detailed 1,444 marble pillars. Other temples covered in the book include the Palitana temples in Gujarat, the Dilwara Jain temple and the Dadabari Jain temple in Mehrauli, Delhi, among others. Also photographed are Jain pilgrimage sites, its devotees as they make the pilgrimage and the Bahubali statue in Karnataka, the son of t