Saturday, 5 January 2013

Jain Temple (Sanganer)

Shri Digamber Jain Atishaya Kshetra Mandir

The ancient Shri Digamber Jain temple of Sanganer is 16 km from Jaipur. Shri Digamber Jain temple Sanghiji is a jewel of town. In this temple the Principal Deity the Lord Adinath (Rishabh Dev), the first tirthankar are supposed to be 4000 years old. The ancient Shri Digamber Jain temple of Sanganer has fine carvings that are comparable to the Dilwara temples of Mount Abu that are built in many phases. Last phase of this spectacular temple was completed in 10th century A.D., according to inscription of V.S. 1011 in one of the pylons (Toranas). It has sky-high 'shikharas' (spires) and the inner sanctum is a stone shrine with skyhigh eight Shikharas (Pinnacles). This temple is seven storied.
The whole of the temple is made of red stone with attractive images carved. The sight of the architecture of main gate reminds the architecture of famous Delwara Temples of Mount Abu.  In the midst of of underground portion, there is located an ancient small temple guarded by the Yaksha (Devas) it is said that only a Balyati ascetic digamber saint can only enter in it and able to bring out the Idols of this underground temple for a limited period, which is declared and decided previously. The idols thus brought out for viewing (Darshan) of devotees, must be placed back with in auspicious signs.
   The beautiful nij-mandir (inner temple) is a stone shrine with three pinnacles. In the centre is an idol of Parshwanath with 7 serpent hoods. All around it, are carvings of lotuses, creepers and elephants pouring water from pitchers held in their trunks. But the main idol is that of Adinath, installed in the shrine behind this.



By Manav Singhi

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