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Jain Temples, Patan


There are hundreds of Jain temples in Patan as the area was considered as the centre of Jainism during the Solanki era. One of the main temples here is the Panchasara Parshvanath Jain Derasar. There are many temples in Patan with white marble flooring and stone carvings, which are characteristic features of Jain temples. Earlier Jain temples were built in wood.

The interesting story behind the change in this pattern is that the master-builder, Uda Mehta, once saw a mouse inside the temple running with a burning candle in its mouth. It is believed that from this point onwards the temples were built in stone instead of wood.