"The Jain Temple" Jain Temple Tip by ranger49
Jain Temple, Mumbai: 10 reviews and 35 photos
Visit to the temple one of the oldest, still practised religions in the world.
Jainism arose in Eastern India 500 years before the birth of Christ under the influence and teaching of Mahavira . Although it shares many of the tenets of Christianity and other religions like: - non-violence, chastity, truthfulness, rejection of worldly/material pursuits and respect for the property of others - the overall philosophy and practices have important differences...
Jainis have reverence for life in all its forms that not only makes them vegetarian but also careful never to harm the smallest creature, even accidentally. Some of the people inside the temple praying at the shrines of numerous deities and saints wore facemasks to prevent the accidental ingestion of tiny insects.
There was an atmosphere of great calm and tranquillity in the temple, enhanced by the beautiful decoration of walls and floors in glowing shades of pastel. The ceiling too was aglow in warmer,richer shades of the reds, which depicted the signs of the Zodiac.
In spite of the excellent lectures in our "floating classroom", I found it difficult to grasp fully the beliefs of the Jainis and what appeared a complex hierarchy of deities.
We had been told that photography was not permitted in the temple so I have no photos of the interior and was annoyed to see people coming in, as we were ready to leave, shooting reels of film using flash and taking videos. Calm and tranquillity were greatly disturbed!
Address: Walkeshwar, Malabar Hill
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