Hutheesing Jain Temple

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Hutheesing Jain Temple
  • હઠીસિંહનાં દેરાસર (Gujarati)
  • Hathisinh Ni wadi
Hutheesinh Temple with 52 devakulikas
Hutheesinh Temple
Hutheesing Jain Temple is located in Gujarat
Hutheesing Jain Temple
Location within Gujarat
Basic information
Location Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad district, Gujarat
Geographic coordinates 23°02′28″N 72°35′23″E / 23.041088°N 72.589611°E / 23.041088; 72.589611Coordinates: 23°02′28″N 72°35′23″E / 23.041088°N 72.589611°E / 23.041088; 72.589611
Affiliation Jainism
Deity Dharmanatha
Festivals Mahavir Jayanti
Architectural description
Creator Premchand Salat
Date established 1848
Temple(s) 1

Hutheesing Temple (Gujarati: હઠીસિંહનાં દેરાસર) is the best known Jain temple in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India. It was constructed in 1848.[1]

History[edit]

Kirti Stambh, Hutheesing Temple

The construction of the temple was initiated originally planned by Shet Hathisinh Kesarisinh, a wealthy Ahmedabad trader who died at 49. The construction was supervised and completed by his wife Shethani Harkunvar. The total cost was approximately Rs. 8 lakh.,[2][3] then a major sum. The temple is dedicated to Dharmanatha, the fifteenth Jain Tirthankar.

Lockwood de Forest who was a business associate of Muggenbhai Hutheesing, the son of Sheth Hathisinh, estimated the cost as "over a million dollars".[4]

The temple was built during a severe famine in Gujarat. Building the temple employed hundreds of skilled artisans which supported them for a period of two years.

The temple is managed by a Hutheesing family trust.

Architecture[edit]

The temple architect was Premchand Salat.[5]

The main building is double-storied. The moolnayak is marble image of the 15th Tirthankara, Lord Dharamnath. The main temple houses 11 deities, six in basement and five in three bay sanctuary.[2] The main shrine lies on the east and temple is covered with a big dome supported by twelve ornate pillars.[5] In addition there are 52 shrines (devakulikas), each adorned with an image of a Tirthankara. The secondary shrines form a long gallery its three sides.

The front is exquisitely ornamented by a 'dome' shaped structure.

The temple has a unique Manastambha (or column of honour) inspired by the Jain Manastambha and the Kirtistambha at Chittore in Rajasthan.

Photo Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tourism, Gujarat. "Hutheesing Jain Temple". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Pandya, Yatin (18 October 2011). "Hathisinh Jain temple: A creative realism". DNA (Daily News & Analysis). Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency: Ahmedabad. Government Central Press. 1879. p. 282. 
  4. ^ Handicraft, Volume 3 National League of Handicraft Societies, Wood Carving in India. Lockwood De Forest. Handicraft Publishing Company, 1911
  5. ^ a b "Hathisinh Jain Temple". Gujarat Tourism. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2012.