Bharat Ratna Dr. Pranab Mukherjee & Former President of India was presented with the first copy of a Coffee Table Book Titled Jainism – A Spiritual Journey by well-known photographer Varun Joshi. He traveled to all ancient Jain temples, took inspiration from the Jain culture and presented their beliefs through his pictures in the book. The impressive pictorial representation of the sect takes readers into the rich heritage of Jain temples and brings other historical details to the fore. It took 11 months to complete this spectacular journey of Jain Temples. There are more than 300 impressive arrays of photographs depicting Jain’s ancient texts and learning. This beautiful book on Jainism depicting the history of the religion is sponsored by Coal Energy Minerals Pte Ltd. and co-sponsored by Mr.BijayMandhani of GlMandhani Trust. Mr.Mandhani has always promoted and supported the growth of art and culture.
90 page coffee table book has been shot in some of the famous Jain temples
across India It features Jain temples such as Ranakpur Jain Temple located in
Pali district, Rajasthan is flamboyantly embellished and strikingly intricate
and is one of the largest in India. One of the features that sets this temple
apart from all others is the 1444 marble pillars. Palitana also known as
Shartrunjaya birth Bhavnagar, Gujarat is considered one of the holiest
among jains there is a cluster of 863 temples atop mountain Shatrunjaya.SammedShikharji
is considered one of the most notable Jain pilgrimages since 20 out of 24
tirthankars attained moksha at this place. Dilwara Jain temple is considered
by far the most beautiful of all the Jain temples and rightly so entirely
carved in white marble. This templeis a tribute to ornamentation and opulence.
Jain temple,Mehrauli, Delhi is set in the heart of buzzing metropolis the
pristine white shrine called Dadabari is a panacea to souls seeking solace and
this shrine is dedicated to the ManidhariDada Shri Jinchandra Suri who was a
famous saint. Sharavanabelagola – Hassan district Karnataka
-Sharavanabelagola is known for the mammoth 57 feet tall statue of
Gommateshvara also identified as Bahubali who was the son of 1st Tirthankar Lord
Dr. Pranab Mukherjee was impressed with Varun Joshi’s work
and complimented the photographer on creating this amazing masterpiece, which
is a ‘Souvenir On Jainism’. He
had earlier released a coffee table book titled – “President Pranab
Mukherjee – A Statesman, which was released by PM Modi at RashtrapatiBhavan. The
book was photographed and curated by Varun Joshi.
his insight upon how difficult and challenging it was to click the cover shot,
Varun said, “While shooting in the peak winter season, we arrived late at night
to Bara Padampura, Sheodaspura near Jaipur. The head authority of the temple
told me that the abhishek would start
at 5:00 am. I was prepared to capture the beauty of the temple early morning
but to our disappointment, the dense fog reduced the visibility to zero.
Suddenly, I saw three ‘sadhvis’
walking through the corridors of the temple and shot them from behind as they
disappeared into the foggy atmosphere. A journey like this is a one-time
opportunity for any human being,” he said.
Joshi, the ace photographer has 24 coffee table books to his repertoire in a
mere span of 8 years. His books encompass a wide spectrum of subjects like
immaculately carved Hyderabad, Telangana, Jainism, Brij, Dilwara temples world
cultural festival, golden temple, Coffee Table Book on Bharat Ratna President
of India, Pushkar Coffee Table Book and others.