An inscription belonging to 9th century was found in Telugu script under the feet of an idol of the 15th Jain Tirthankara Dharmanatha. Archaeologist Sunil Samudrala found the inscription on a rock at Mettugutta hillock at Kazipet of Warangal district in Telangana.
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, Aravind Arya Pakide, another archaeology enthusiast said that many ruined Jain temples or shrines and sculptures could be seen in Warangal, Hanmakonda, Kazipet and Madikonda as evidence of the influence of Jainism.
He said a Jain temple/shrine known as ‘Jaina Basadi’ was also identified at Mettugutta. It is said that Mahamandaleshwarudu Shankaragandaras of Kolanupaka built many Jaina Basadis during Rashtrakuta rulers period (753 AD – 982 AD).