"Pareshnath Jain Temple" Kolkata (Calcutta) Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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The magnificent Pareshnath Jain Temple is located to the North East of Kolkata at the bustling Badridas Temple Street. The temple is dedicated to Pareshnath, who was the 23rd Jain Tirthankar, and was built in 1867. Ever since its inception, this temple has been the primary place of worship for the burgeoning Jain community of Kolkata.

It is not an ordinary run-of-the-mill temple. In fact, devout Jains from other parts of India and abroad pour in to the temple throughout the year. In the sanctum, the deity of Lord ***alnathji is seated and his diamond studded forehead draws visitors from far and wide. Inside the sanctum, there is a lamp which has been been perpetually burning ever since the temple's inception. Apart from Lord ***alnathji's shrine, there are three other shrines dedicated to Chanda Prabhujidev, Dadaji Garu and Kushalji Maharaj and the last temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira, the last Tirthankar who was a contemporary of Lord Buddha.

The interiors of the temple are lavishly decorated with high quality mirrors and glasses. The quintessential Jain temple chandeliers (Jhar Battis) make their presence felt at the main temple. The floor is intricately paved with marble. Particularly eye catching is the exquisite paintings of renowned painter Ganesh Muskare that adorns the walls of the temple.

Open: 6am-12pm and 3pm-7pm.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 18, 2007
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