Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
The present Main temple has Tirthankar Ajitnath as main deity with charan of Jambuswami adorns the main vedi. The temple is a beautiful piece of modern architecture. The paintings on the walls shares the stories in Jain books, related to the good and bad deeds of the humans in the past. Mathura is marked as the last appearance of Lord Jambuswami before his salvation. To mark the event there is a tall monumental statue of Lord Jamuswami at the entrance of the temple complex., that is even visible from outside and far from the temple.
Parsvanath Temple is the biggest of the Jain Temple in the southeastern gathering of the temple region of Khajuraho. It is additionally one of the finest in the aggregate sanctuary complex. Measuring 65.6′ by 36′ (20m x 11m), it exists in a walled nook and is noted for the accuracy of its development and its perfectly etched figures. The most captivating side of the engineering of this temple is the tasteful mix of Hindu, muslim and Buddhist styles. The temple has a strong external divider adorned with three groups of effortless models portraying Demi Gods. More figures can be found on the external face of the sanctum, delineating ‘Apsaras’ in an assortment of stances. The temple was initially devoted to the god Adinath, yet in the late nineteenth century a statue of Tirthankara Parsvanath was introduced there. The highlights of the temple are the figures on the northern external dividers.
Inside the fort walls is a maze – like, interconnecting treasure trove of seven beautiful yellow sandstone, the temple was established around 15th and 16th century. These temples are built in the Dilwara style that is famous all over the world for its architecture. Like all other structures in Jaisalmer, these temples are carved of yellow sandstones. The beautifully carved decorations on the wall will give you divine peace. On the walls of the temples, you can find animal & human figures. Chandraprabhu is the first temple when you enter; it was built in 1509 with fine features and sculptures in the mandapas. The sculpted pillars form a series of torans. To the right of Chandraprabhu temple is the tranquil Rishabhdev temple with pillars beautifully sculpted with apsaras and gods. There are two remaining temples Shantinath and Kunthunath which feature plenty of sensual cravings. Visit temple according to time as it change frequently.
Dilwara Jain Temples
Dilwara Jain Temples are one of the finest Jain temples known for their extraordinary architecture and marvelous marble stone carvings. These temples were built between 11th to 13th century AD, The beautiful lush green hills surrounding the temples give a very pleasant feeling. The ornamental details of marble stone carvings are phenomenal and unmatched, The minutely carved ceilings and the pillars are just amazing.
Shri Hemakuta Ratankut
This is Jain temple complex, has an ancient description back of the Ramyana times. There is evidence that Vijaynagar was founded here during Vikram year 1336, but even before this Hemakuta and Chakrakut, two very familiar shrines were present according to references available. Even today ruins of thousands of temples, forts etc, are found scattered in the hills and nearby area that reminds one about the antiquity of the place.
Lord Mahavira Temple, Osian
The Jain Temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira (24th Jain Tirthankara), the temple is considered as an important pilgrimage of the Jains. The temple is celebrated for its stunning architecture. The main door is carved with an impression of young maidens on it. Intricately carved pillars adorn the site of the main porch. In another porch, one can find a shade of a little stylish construction. The main shrine is sited on a high platform made of sandstone. The sanctum encompasses the idol of Lord Mahavira. In the hall, three balconies make the sanctum well ventilated. The image of Mahavira glistens with piercing eyes. According to legend it’s over 2000 years old, was found buried underground, and is made of sand and milk and coated in gold. In the right-hand corner there’s an ancient frieze, which retains fragments of colour.
Hathee Singh Temple
The Hathee Singh Jain temple is in the heart of the city itself. It is serene and a calm temple and took us 20 minutes to worship and go around the temple. There is a 170 year old lamp that is glowing still in the sanctum beneath the main sanctum.
Bhadreshawar Jain Temple
The Vasai Jain Temple is said to have been founded in the 21st year of the Vairat era, and dedicated to Vasai by Siddhasen of the race of Hari. It has Lord Ajitnath statue.
Pallaviya Parshwanath Temple
Pallaviya Parshwanath Jain temple is one of the main temples in Palanpur and is also popularly known as Motu Derasar. The Jain temple with its exquisite carvings and beautiful architecture helps to boost and enrich the cultural heritage of Palanpur. Motu Derasar was built by King Prahladan and is a temple of Lord Parshwanath. The other attraction about this Jain temple is that it has the last existing image of Palanpur’s King Prahladan. The temple faced several attacks during the course of history since it was one of the richest temples at that time and was damaged by attackers but was rebuilt after every such attack.
Sanganer Jain Temple
The Digamber Jain Temple also called the Sanganer Jain Temple of Sanganer is an ancient Jain Temple situated at a distance of 16 km from Jaipur city. The Digamber Jain Temple of Sanganer is considered to be 4000 years old and an important pilgrimage site for the follower of Jainism. Built with red sandstone, the temple is dedicated to Lord Adinath ( Rishabh Dev). The temple is an artistic masterpiece with attractive carvings and marble works. The Sanganer Jain Mandir is one of the holiest Jain temples in the country with underground floors and temples. The Sanganer Jain Mandir is seven storied temple with sky-high ‘shikharas’ ( spires). The inner sanctum of the Jain Mandir is a stone shrine with eight sky-high ‘shikharas’. The Sanganer Jain Temple mysteries are very famous worldwide and there are lots of stories behind the temple. Sanganer has an India Gate that also shows that the place has past values like other fort and palaces of Jaipur.
Digambar Jain Mandir Sarnath
Sri Digambar Jain Temple at Sarnath is of historical significance. It is at this place which is also called Simhapuri, 11 th Tirthankara of Jainism; Shreyasnath was born here at the Shri Digambar Jain Mandir which lies right to the southwest of the Dhamek Stupa. This temple is dedicated to Tirthankara Parashwanath. It is not only a pilgrimage for Jainism followers but various Buddhist monks as well as Hindu pilgrims visit this holy place. The temple exudes a peaceful exuberance that matches the serenity of the ancient Sarnath precincts. The structure of the temple is completely different from the familiar architecture of Jain Temples in India. The thin pointed golden tomb structure gives it the beautiful look from outside and spirituality inside it. Jain temples are always abided of peace, symbolic of the non- violent region.
Jain Temple in Mandu
Amidst ancient architectural marvels inspired by Islamic methods, stands this one building totally different from all of them, the Jain Temple. It is a modern day architectural structure richly decorated with marble, silver and gold tirthankars (the 24 great Jain teachers). There is also a Jain museum in the complex which is a must visit.
Kanch Mandir, Indore
The Kanch Mandir, as the name suggests, is a temple which is entirely made up of glass and mirrors. It is primarily a Jain temple and is a wonder in glass. Indore possesses large amounts of various sanctuaries and legacy sires. One of them is the Kanch Mandir. The walls, ceiling, floor, pillars, doors, everything here is entirely adorned with glass. Jainism has been extravagantly recorded in the glass artistic creations of the Kanch Mandir, Indore. It was worked in the twentieth Century and the materials for the temple have been gathered from the different sources like Italy and Europe. They incorporate the Chinese Lantern Type Colored Glass, Cut Glass Chandeliers. There are likewise the nearness of various glass artistic creations that are superb and pleasantly painted with exactness and care. The happy globules and furthermore the raised figure vastly affect the eye, it gives a three dimensional picture to the eye and creates the effect of extensiveness. In the Glass you may locate the Jain sacred writings and they are perfectly enriched in the divider over the glass.
Temples of Chandragiri Hill
Chandragiri hill is full of rock inscriptions written in ancient and medieval period. The oldest inscriptions are in Prakrit language. This hill is lower in heights than Vindhyagiri, helps you get an awesome view of Lord Gometshwara’s(Bahubali) statue. On this hill, you can see many beautiful and historical Jain temples, the meditation cave where Acharya Bhadrabahu meditated. It is also marked with the last stay of the first Emperor of United India King Chandragupta Maurya as a Jain monk. The most ancient temple is known as ‘Chandragupt Basdi’
Nareli Jain Temple
Nareli Mandir is a famous Jain Temple. The Temple is a mixing of traditional and contemporary architectural styles, with 24 further miniature temples lined up on the hill above.These 24 temples represent the Tirthankars of Jain’s also called as 24 Jainalay. The place became an important site of pilgrimage of Digambara Jains. This Jain temple is famous for its carvings and intricate designs. Shree Gyanodaya Teerth Kshetra is the other name for this Jain Temple. There is a lot more temples and shrines inside this Kshetra. Some of them are under construction. Religious practice has not begun in Main Complex.
Kaivalya Dham Jain Temple
This temple is know for its great architecture. Its a construction masterpiece that will mesmerize you with its beauty. Its a must visit Jain temple when in Naya Raipur. Mostly Jain families visit this place to worship twenty four Tirthankars. Accommodation is also available in dharamshala of this temple. The site is also known as Sri Adinath Jain Shwetambar Tirth which boasts of having a collection of small and big Jain temples magnificently built with marbles.
Jain Temple, Jainimedu
One of the few places in Kerala where Jainism still prospers is the Jainimedu Jain Temple in Jainimedu. The temple portrays the facets of Jain culture and traditional aspects. Located along the wet hillside slopes of Palakkad, it is believed that the temple was built by a family of diamond traders 500 years back. Built on a vast expanse of land, it exhibits a fine example of Kerala architecture. The temple has long granite walls displaying pictures and carvings of Jain spiritualism. The monument has images of Jain Thirthankaras, giving a vibrant backdrop. An interesting feature is the Jain House next to the temple, where the famous poet Kumaranashan composed the poem Veenapoovu or the ‘fallen flower’. One of the rarest temples of Kerala, it is solely dedicated to Jainism.
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