Chickpet, Bangalore ►Sri Adinath Shwetambara Temple Reopens After Renovation

Posted: 31.12.2011

Sri Adinath Shwetambara Temple In Chickpet, Bangalore, Reopens After Renovation

One of the oldest Jain temples - it dates back to the 1920s - and located at Chikpet, Sri Adinath Shwetambar temple was in a dilapidated state. The three-storey temple, which consists of 200 pillars, was built using the world-famous Makarana marbles brought from Ajmer in Rajasthan. It has five sanctum sanctorum in each of the two floors. Though the temple authorities refused to divulge the amount spent in the rebuilding effort, it is said to have cost 150 crore rupees. The amount was raised through donations. According to temple committee only 150 people were involved in the rebuilding effort. In its new form, the temple resembles the famous Dilwara Jain temple of Mount Abu, he said. It took almost ten years of labour and hundreds of trucks of Makarana marble to reconstruct the Sri Adinath Shwetambara Temple in Chickpet. The Jain community in Bangalore is celebrating the achievement with a nine-day long temple festival at Freedom Park. The Park saw over 8,000 devotees gathering to pray in their newly-renovated temple in Chickpet. The temple, built in the early 1900s, required renovation due to wear and tear. The temple trust has also created a life-size replica of Ayodhya Nagari along with two mandaps spread over two acres. Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Adinath, is an important pilgrimage centre for Jains. Over the nine-day festivities, a play depicting the various stages of Lord Adinaths life is being performed.According to the visitors there, this festival will provide an opportunity for members of the Jain community to come together. This is especially important as the community members are now spread across the city. The festivities are set to culminate with the installation of the 2,300-year-old idols of Lords Adinath, Parswanth, Shantinath and Mahaveer. Balagangadhara Swamy from Sri Aadi Chunchanagiri Mutt and the Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda also visited temple.

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