Also known as the Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji Jain Temple, this famous Jain Temple was built in 1904. It contains ornate sculptures and paintings. A must visit to see one the most beautiful Jain temples in India.

 

The temple is dedicated to Lord Adishwar (also known as Rushabhdev), the first of 24 Jain "Tirthankaras" (omniscients - also called "Arihants" or "Jinas") of the current era. The temple is presently used by thousands of devotees of the Jain religion for their daily worship. The core belief of Jainism is that "moksha" (freedom from the cycle of birth and death) can be achieved by the three-fold path of right knowledge, right faith and right conduct.

 

Compared to most Jain temples, it is very large. In addition to the main idol of Lord Adinath, it contains idols of several other Arihants and also many tableaux of scenes from the Jain scriptures. In the outer courtyard there is a small shrine dedicated to Shri Ghantakaran Mahavir, a "deva" (celestial being) whose worship is believed to provide powerful protection from various kinds of harm through the invocation of a special mantra.

 

All visitors are required to remove footwear before entering the temple (socks are permitted). Women should dress modestly (no shorts, skirts or low-cut tops) and should not enter the temple if they are menstruating.