Calcutta Jain Temple

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Calcutta Jain Temple (also called Parshwanath Temple) is a Jain temple at Badridas Temple Street is a major tourist attraction in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. The temple was built by a Marwari Shrimal Jain named Seth Badridas in 1867. Pratishtha was done by Sri Kalyansurishwarji Maharaj.[1][2][3]

The complex is subdivided into 4 temples:

  • Shitalnath Ji Temple : Mulnayak : Shitalnath Bhagwan.
  • Chandraprabhu Ji temple : Mulnayak : Chandraprabhuswami Bhagwan.
  • Mahavir Swami Temple : Mulnayak : Sri Mahavir Swami.
  • Dadawadi : Footprints of Jain Acharya Jin Dutt Kushal Suri.

The temple is dedicated to Pareshnath, who was the 23rd Jain Tirthankar, and he is worshipped by the Jains, and this is one of the most important Jain temples in Kolkata. The place is famous all over that is why devout Jains from distant parts of India flock to the Temple precincts al round the year. The temple consists of four temples inside of it. The deity of Lord Shitalnathji is seated in the sanctum sanctorum, and his diamond-studded forehead is a major attraction for the visitors. There is a lamp, which burns with ghee inside the sanctum sanctorum, which has been continuously burning ever since the initiation of the temple since 1867. The lamp bears silent testimony to the contemporary world since ages and it is wonderful to acknowledge the mysticism associated with.

The Parshwanath Temple with garden. Feb. 2014.

There are three other shrines dedicated to Chanda Prabhujidev, Dadaji Garu and Kushalji Maharaj. The last temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira, who was the last Tirthankara of the Jain tradition.

Pareshnath Jain Temple, Kolkatta The Pareshnath Jain Temple, Kolkata, has displays of exquisite designs and it is an impressive structure consisting of mirror-inlaid pillars and windows that have made of stained glass. The interiors of the temple are splendidly beautiful, along with the outdoors, which are surrounded with many beautifully colored flower gardens and fountains. There is a small stream flowing through it, which also has amazing variety of flowers all around it. The fountains look brilliant when water gushes out of them in perfect harmonization. A well-maintained reservoir, adds up to the surrounding beauty. Colorful fishes swarm the surface of the glistening water at the slightest hint of food grains. The floor of the temple is elaborately paved with marble that gives it a solemn look and also a mark of purity. The temple exhibits extraordinary artistic tendencies that are visible in the whole pattern of the decoration of the interiors and the exteriors. One can also find the paintings of renowned painter Ganesh Muskare, adorning the walls, which enthralls the visitor. Chandeliers or Jhar Battis are another feature that makes the interiors sparkle and lends the extra shimmer to the serenity of the temple.(Edited By:Koushik Dutta)


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parasnath Jain Temple Calcutta". Indian Heritage Destinations. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  2. ^ "Tikli theft at temple". The Telegraph. 23 August 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  3. ^ "Paresnath Jain Temple". Kplkata Cultural Capital of India. Retrieved 2009-09-23.