Jains, the followers of Jainism, go to Jain temple for prayer. Jainism is the religion follows the path of non violence for all living beings. Derasar is a word used for a Jain temple in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Jain temples are built with various architectural and creative designs.
8 Amazing Jain Temples in India for Religious Trip
1. Gomateshwara [Bahubali] Temple
Gomateshwara Temple is situated in Shravanabelagola in the Hassan district of Karnatka. It is the largest monolithic statues built by the Ganga Dynasty minister and commander Chamundaraya in 10th century A.D. This temple is 57 feet (17 m) high and 26 feet wide. This statue was voted for Seven Wonders of India. Thousand of tourist visits this temple for the event of mahamastakabhisheka once in 12 years.
2. Dilwara Temple
Dilwara Temples were built by Vastupal Tejpal. It has five unique temple – Vimal Vasani, Luna Vasani, Pithalhar, Parshvanath and Mahavir Swami. These temples are located about 2.5 km from Mount Abu in Rajasthan . It has an extraordinary architecture and marvelous design. It is famous for stunning marble, and simplicity in architecture which reflects Jain values.
3. Ranakpur Temple
Ranakpur Temple is located in Pali district in Rajasthan. The temple is dedicated to Tirthankara Adinathan. There is a small sun temple which is looked after by the Udaipur Royal Family Trust. The architecture and stone curving is based on an ancient style of Mirpur Jain Temple. It is well known for its marble and said to be an amazing Jain temple. The nearest airport from this temple is Maharana Pratap Airport.
4. Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir
Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir was built in the year 1656. It is located at Delhi. This temple is also known by the name “Red Temple”. The temple is dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankara, Parashvanath. The temple also consist of Bird Charity Hospital. Indira Gandhi National airport is the nearest airport from this temple and old Delhi Railway station is 2 km away from it.
5. Sonagiri Temple
Sonagiri Temple is located at Datia district in Madhya Pradesh. There are 103 temples, i. e 77 temples on hills and 26 temples are in the village. The meaning of Sonagiri is Mountain ‘Giri’, of Gold ‘sona’. [Mountain of Gold]. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Chandraprabhu which is 11 feet in height. This temple is famous for self-discipline and austerity. Gwalior is the nearest airport to Sonagiri.
6. Palitana Jain Temples
Palitana temples are located in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat. These temples are dedicated to Rushabhdev. On the hills, there are 863 marble curved temples and the main temple can be reached by 3500 steps. No one is allowed to stay over here overnight. It is one of the best Jain temples in India. You should miss an opportunity to visit this beautiful Jain temples.
7. Shikharji Temple
Shikharji Temple is located on the Parasnath Hills in Girihih district of Jharkhand. It is an amazing temple among all the Digambar Jain temples. As it consists of large number of saints and 20 Teerthankaras, it is also known as Teerthraj. This temple is 4429 feet high and spread in an area of 200 sq km. Ranchi, Patna and Kolkata are the nearest airport from this temple.
8. Kulpakji Temple
Kulpakji Temple is located in the village of Kolanupaka in Nalgonda district, Telangana. This temple has the statue of the lord Mahaveera. It is the only piece of sapphire of 52’’ inches. This temple is more than 200 years old. The temple houses three idols. These idols are, Lord Adinath, Lord Neminath and Lord Mahaveer.
Article first published on December 27, 2015.