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.
Some of the well known Jain manastambhas are:
- Kirti Stambha of Chittorgarh. The Vijaya Stambha was inspired by this.
- Manastambhas of Devagarh
- Manastambhas of Moodabidri
- Manastambhas of Shravanabelagola
- Manastambha at Shikharji at Madhuvan
Manastambhas in South India are generally monolithic.
Kirti Stambha of Hutheesing Jain Temple
Kirti Stambha at Chittorgarh fort
Manasthamba at Ajmer Jain temple
Manastambha at Lal Mandir
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- Umakant P. Shah 1987, p. 11.
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- "CHANDRAGIRI (Chikkabetta)". Mysoretourism.org. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- Shah, Umakant Premanand (1987), Jaina-rūpa-maṇḍana: Jaina iconography, Abhinav Publications, ISBN 81-7017-208-X