The Headless Tirthankara... for Steven Schutz
If you love an image (whether it's yours or someone else's) and want to make sure others get a chance to see it, you can “feature” it by choosing the “Spotlight” button.
When an image is Spotlighted, it receives enhanced visibility in premium spots throughout the site. Spotlighted images are rotated through these higher-visibility positions to ensure the best opportunity for the images to be seen by JPG users.
If you see a great photo that would make a perfect entry for one of our Shoot Out photo contests but it was uploaded by another user, now you can enter that photo in the contest and, if it wins, you get to share in the contest winnings.
Like a photo editor, if you've got an eye for great work, find it and submit it to a contest. If it wins, since you staked the entry fee, you'll take home part of the prize (the rest, of course, goes to the member who shot the image).
Collections are a JPG+ feature. You must be a JPG+ member to create new collections and to add photos to collections.
Sign up for JPG+ to start using collections now!
Photo license: © All rights reserved
I initially titled this 'The Headless God' but upon correspondence with Steven Schutz, I realised this was a wrong title to give as the statue is that of a 'tirthankara', who is not a God.
In the Indian religion of Jainism, a tirthankara is a human being who achieves moksha ("liberation, enlightenment") through asceticism and who then becomes a role-model and teacher for those seeking spiritual guidance.
Tīrthaṅkaras are not God or gods. Jainism does not believe in the existence of God in the sense of a creator; they are considered super-human beings but also lack full enlightenment.
The seated posture is similar to that of Buddha and in fact, the 24th and last tirthankara Mahavira was a contemporary of Buddha. There was certainly an exchange of ideas between the two philosophies that led to the foundation of Buddhism.
This photo was taken at an ancient Jain temple in Polo, Gujarat, that was moss-covered and in runes. The head probably broke off over the course of time.
Also by Niharika Sanyal
Please Login or Sign Up
Login or Sign Up
Need contest credits? Get 'em here!
Payments are processed by PayPal and you will be automatically forwarded to PayPal to complete your transaction. It may take a few minutes after you complete your transaction for you contest credits to update. We will send an email to your registered email address once we have received a successful transaction from PayPal and updated you credits.
Select a Shoot Out contest credit package below.