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Shri Mahavirji Temple

Shri Mahavirji Temple, Visit Shri Mahavirji Temple of Rajasthan, Temple tour of Shri Mahavirji Temple, Religious placeThis Digember Jain piligram centre is 90 Kms by rail from sawai Madhopur on the Delhi-Mumbai Broad gauge route. The main temple is in side in inclouser known as katla. Accourdinfg to a legend, status of Shri Mahavirji, the 24th Jain tirthankar, was unearthed by a cowherd a few hundred years back. The place, in due course of time, become a pilgrim centre and attracts Jains far and wide.

The temple of Shri Mahawirji combines the modem & ancient style of architecture. It is raised on hung platfrom and is built mostly of white sandstone. The main Chattries are visiable from a distance and are built of red sandstone. The walls of the temple are illustrated with carvings of religious scenes.

  • This temple is an amalgamation of ancient and modern Jain architecture - quite contemporary in design, unlike the ancient Jain temples which were highly ornamented and richly carved.

  • It is a complex of smaller temples with the main temple having idols of Jain saints, placed within delicately carved pillared niches.

  • The temple is a vast complex costructed with white sandstone, and has cupolas of red sandstone along with the chhatris & spires visible from all around.

  • A huge statue of Shantinath, one of the Jain fordmakers, stands as high as 32 feet and there is a tower where the footsteps of Mahavira have been consecrated.

  • It is a spendid sight to view the temple at night when lights illuminate the entire complex. The best time to visit is March-April.

Main Jain Pilgrimage Center
The town of Sri Mahavirji is one the most popular Jain pilgrimages in India for here is one of the holiest Jain temples in Rajasthan. The Shri Mahavirji temple on the banks of the river Gambhir was built in white marble in honour of Mahavira, the 24th Jain saint. The temple has a nice legend attached to it.

The Interiors
Perched on a raised white marble platform, the Mahavirji temple is an amalgamation of ancient and modern Jain architecture. While ancient Jain temples were highly ornamated and richly carved, the Mahavirji temple is contemporary in design. Like most Jain temples, this one too is a complex of smaller temples. Inside the main temple are seated idols of Jain saints, placed within delicately carved pillared nichés.

The Deity
A huge statue of Shantinath, one of the Jain fordmakers, stands as high as 32 feet, casting a noble eye on disciples below. Nearby is a tall tower crowned with a balcony. But perhaps the most splendid aspect of the temple is when night descends. Thousands of lights illuminate the entire complex, making it seems like a festival of lights in itself. The best time to visit Sri Mahavirji is during march and April when a festival adds to its splendour.

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