A manastambha (Sanskrit for 'column of honor') is a pillar that is often constructed in front of Jain temples or large Jain statues. In North India, they are topped by four Tirthankara images.[1]

According to the Digambara Jain texts like Adi Purana and Tiloyapannati, a huge manastambha stands in front of the samavasarana (divine preaching hall) of the tirthankaras, which causes someone entering a samavasarana to shed their pride.[2]

A monolithic manastambha is a standard feature in the Jain temples of Moodabidri. They include a statue of Brahmadeva on the top as a guardian yaksha.[3]


Some of the well known Jain manastambhas are:[4]

Manastambhas in South India are generally monolithic.

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  1. ^ "Tirthankaras: "Ford-Makers"". The Pluralism Project, Harvard University. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  2. ^ Umakant P. Shah 1987, p. 11.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ MANASTAMBHA Archived 25 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Moodabidri ( Mudabdri)". Archived from the original on 4 May 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  6. ^ "CHANDRAGIRI (Chikkabetta)". Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2012.


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