India's architectural heritage is rich and varied. Among several attractions, these intricate structures depict the grandeur of ancient past. A tour around some of the picturesque Jain temples will amaze you in India.
Many Jain temples are known for their usage of marble and design in the construction. They're not just Jain religious places but also famous tourist attractions.
In the scenic backdrop of the Aravalli Ranges, the white marble beauty of Ranakpur Jain temple shines with grandeur. It is one of the most beautiful Jain temples situated in Pali of Rajasthan. It is dedicated to the first Tirthankara Adinatha and was constructed during the rule of King Rana Kumbha.
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Shravanabelagola is one of the popular tourist places in Karnataka. It is known for the monolithic statue of Gommateshwara (Bahubali). The Mahamastakabhisheka (Pouring water, saffron water, etc. on the idol) is a grand event which happens here every 12 years and may devotees across the country take part in this event.
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Dilwara Temples are one of the most beautiful Jain temples in India. The intricate marble architecture makes it a must visit place. Dilwara Jain temples are located around 3km from Mount Abu in Rajasthan.
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Saavira Kambhada Basadi
In Kannada "Saavira" means 1000 and "Kambha" means pillar. Saavira Khambada Basasdi (1000 Pillar Temple) is a famous Jain temple located in Moodabidri, Karnataka. It is also known as Chandranatha Temple as it is dedicated to Tirthankara Chandranatha.
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Ahinsa Sthal is known for its majestic statue of Mahavir. Ahinsa Sthal is situated in Mehrauli of Delhi. The prime deity of this Jain temple is the 24th and the most important Tirtankara, Mahavir.
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Kulpakji is a Jain temple which houses 3 idols of Tirtankaras. The statue of Lord Rishabhanatha is carved out of a green stone that is known as 'Manikyaswamy'. Kulpakji Temple is situated in Telangana.
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Palitana Jain Temples are considered as one of the prime holy places of Jains. Palitana Temples in Palitana city of Gujarat is artistically built and worth a visit.
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Kallil Jain Temple
Kallil Temple is a prime Jain temple in Kalady, Kerala. Kallil literally means 'in stone', it is also a protected monument under ASI. The temple is a rock-cut temple and has images of 3 Tirthankaras.
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There is nothing wrong in saying that these are one of the most beautiful temples in India. Ranakpur Jain Temple in Rajasthan, Palitana Temples in Gujarat, etc. are some of the examples of architectural marvels.