Jain house temple

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From Patan, Gujarat, India, early 17th century Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati

A house temple (Ghar Derasar or Griha Chaityalaya) is a Jain shrine that is placed within a personal residence.[1][2] Sometimes it is separate room or structure in a compound.

Jain scholars prescribe that the height of a pratima in a house shrine should not exceed 11 aṅgulas, i.e. about 21 cm.

The formal communal temple is often referred to as a shikharbandi Jinalaya, i.e. with a shikhara.


  1. ^ Jaina iconography: The Tīrthaṅkara in Jaina scriptures, art and rituals, Part 1, Jyotindra Jain, Eberhard Fischer, BRILL, 1978, p17.
  2. ^ Jain Pratima Vigyan, Balchandra Jain Sahityashastri, Jabalpur, 1974, p.14