“The temple art of the Jains represents art, culture and philosophy
of the Jains. These temples are excellent specimen of Indian art and
architecture. They represented in good measure their philosophy of life as well”
said Dr. V. L. Dharurkar, Director Academic staff College, Dr. B. Ambedkar
Marathwada University, Aurangabad, while delivering key-note address to the
seminar on “Sacred places of the Jains in Maharashtra” organized by the Bhagvan
Mahaveer Chair of the University on 24th and 25th March,
2008. Dr. M. M. Salunkhe, Hon. Vice-Chancellor of the University was in chair.
Dr. Dharurkar who has done Ph. D. on Jain temple art pointed out
that the Jain philosophy had tremendous contemporary relevance as Jaina ideas of
non-violence, peaceful co-existence abstinence from sensous pleasures
vegetarianism and compassion and love were need of the hour. The Jain concern to
protection of environment was equally relevants.
Dr. M. M. Salunkhe in his speech lauded the work done by Mahaveer
Dr. B. D.
Khane, Professor of Bhagvan Mahaver Chair introduced and welcomed the guests. A
numbers of experts on jainology attended the seminar and presented papers.