India is a place of rich diversity and amazing culture and it houses several worship destinations for all the people from different religions. All the worshipping places draw a structure of a beautiful India where people follow different religions and go to different worship places. Jainism is one of the ancient and incredible religions in India and there are several followers in India who follow Jainism and that is why India has lot of Jain temples across India. Some of these temples are really astounding and stunning that they will definitely leave you breathless because of their architectural beauty and for the fact that here you can get peace and tranquility.
Kallil Temple in Kerala
This temple is one of the most amazing Jain temples in India and is situated around 22 km away from Kalady. This Jain temple is a bit unique and the Malayalam word ‘Kallil’ means “in stone”, basically it is the uniqueness of this temple as this age old temple is cut from a huge stone. Pilgrims and tourists who want to explore the beauty and charm of this temple have to climb up to 120 steps to reach the main temple complex. This beautiful temple is dedicated to Mahavira, Parshvanatha and Padmavati Devi moreover, this temple also houses rock carved images of all of them. However Padmavati Devi is locally worshipped as Bhagawathi so the temple is also known as Kallil Bhagawathi Temple. According to researches this stunning nature made cave temple was probably constructed in the 3rd century and is nestled in a densely forested area and the temple rests without any proper support makes it quite more alluring. Currently this temple is preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India and according to devotees the temple stand erect because of the grace of Bhagawathi Devi. The setting of this temple is so beautiful that it definitely deserves a visit.
Parshwanath Temple in West Bengal
This gorgeous temple is located in Kolkata and is popularly called as Calcutta Jain Temple and it is a major attraction in Kolkata not for the people following Jainism but for the tourists as well. This temple has a large complex which is divided into 4 temples including the Shitalnath Ji Temple, the Mahavir Swami Temple, the Chandraprabhu Temple and the Dadwadi. The interior of this temple is decorated beautifully with mirrors, glasses and chandeliers which add to the beauty of the celing and the floral design on the floors makes the floor look really attractive. Other prominent attraction of the temple is the diamond studded forehead of the deity of Lord Shitalnathji and the lamp which feeds on pure ghee & has never gone out. This astonishing temple is dedicated to 23rd Jain Thirthankar, i.e Parshwanath. Moreover the temple has a gorgeous garden surrounding it and a small stream beside which makes the setting of the temple amazing.
Ahinsa Sthal in Delhi
Here in Delhi you can find inner peace and this amazing place is perfect to soothe your mind, body and soul. Ahinsa Sthal in Delhi is one of the stunning Jain temples and this place is tucked in a busy place but is still away from the hustle bustle and away from the maddening crowd. The most important and famous attraction of this temple is the large and astonishing statue of the last Thirthankara; Lord Mahavira is sitting in a lotus position. This temple also has large boards with paintings which depicts the life of Mahavira. This beautiful temple is a true visual treat.
Palitana Temples in Gujarat
Palitana Temples in Gujarat is a group of Jain temples which are situated on the Shatrunjaya hill. It is one of the holiest Jain pilgrimage along with Shikharji. According to a study this numerous temples ranges between 863 & 1008 and all of them are arranged in groups based on height and space. The streets in between the complex give it a European look. Out of these temples the prominent one is dedicated to the first JainThirthankara, Rishabha and it is considered as the holiest site for the Svetambara Murtipujaka sect of Jainism. To reach this temple you have to climb upto 3750 stone steps which are at an elevation of more than 7000ft. If you are a nature lover you will definitely like the view from the top as from there you can witness gorgeous view of Shetrunji River and the dramatic landscape.
Saavira Kambada Basadi in Karnataka
This stunning Jain temple is located in the temple town of Moodabidri in Karnataka and the name of the temple Saavira Kambada is taken from Kannad language. Saavira means ‘1000’ and Kambada means ‘pillars’. The most amazing fact and attraction of this temple is numerous pillars which are all different and unique in their own way. These pillars stand erect in the courtyard of the temple and display the grandeur and charm of the bygone eras. This temple is dedicated to the Tirthankara Chandraprabha and also has an 8 ft statue of Chandraprabha. Another major attraction of the temple is the manasthamba which is a 60 ft monolith. This beautiful temple has 3 distinct storey but devotees are allowed to explore only the upper floors that too once in a year. It is one of the must visit temple not only for the Jain followers but for the travelers as well.
Shikharji Temple in Jharkhand
Shikharji Mountain in Jharkhand is the highest one in Prashanth Range and is a famous pilgrimage site for the Jain followers as 20 to 24 Tirthankaras attained moksha here and some other saints as well, that’s why it is also called as Teerthraj or King of Teerths. The main and the most important of all the temples is the temple of Shikharji which do not have the old construction but the idol is ancient, the idol stands erectly on the top of the mountain portraying the symbol of supremacy and overlooking the dramatic landscape of the surroundings. This region is a must visit for all the history buffs and spiritual people as well.
Apapuri in Bihar
Apapuri is also called as Jal Mandir and is dedicated to Mahavira. This temple is nestled in the town without sins which is Pawapuri in Bihar, it is one of the most picturesque Jain temples because the tank surrounding the main temple complex is always filled with red colored lotus flowers making the view more beautiful and gorgeous. The architecture of this temple is really appreciated by the pilgrims and the tourists because the temple is built in the shape of an elegant chariot. The temple has the foot impressions of the Mahavira defied and the surrounding greenery and beautiful landscape makes this temple a must visit at least once in a lifetime.