India is a land of diversity and unity in diversity. It’s a country filled with several communities living together in harmony at one place. It’s a country with a variety of festivals and celebrations. One of such festivals is Mahavir Jayanti celebrated by the Jain community of India.
It is celebrated to commemorate the last Tirthankara of Jainism, Shri Mahavir. One can witness the festivities and grand ceremonies across all the Jain temples of the world.
If you want to experience the divinity of the festival, then you must visit these Jain temples:
1. Palitana Temples, Gujarat:
Known for being the largest cluster of Jain temples in India, Palitana temple complex consists of a total number of 863 temples. It is situated amidst the Shatrunjaya Hills, spanned over an area of almost 3.5 km, with 3950 stone steps. These temples are a sight to behold and showcase a unique and rich architectural style.
2. Ranakpur Temples, Rajasthan:
Built in the 15th century, this temple complex is the finest example of intricate architecture work. It has 24 pillared halls, 80 domes, and 400 columns. Chaumukha Temple, Amba Mata Temple, Parsvanath Temple, and Surya Temple are the most famous ones amongst all.
3. Gomateshwara Temples, Karnataka:
This temple is famous for its humongous granite statue of Gomateshwara, the first Tirthankara of Jainism. It is 18 m tall and is an attraction for tourists from across the world. During the festival, this statue is given a royal bath with milk and pure water.
4. Dilwara Temples, Rajasthan:
Situated near Mount Abu, Dilwara Temples are known for its marble carvings and majestic architecture. It is surrounded by Aravali mountain range and has many small idols of all the Jain Tirthankaras.
5. Khajuraho Temples, Madhya Pradesh:
Known for its erotic sculptures and temples, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh also boasts of many splendid Jain temples. These Jain temples are constructed using medieval architectural style and consists of many rock-cut statues.
So this long weekend, take your family out to these fabulous Jain Temples and witness the grandiosity and significance of Mahavir Jayanti.
Happy Mahavir Jayanti!