Every city has places of religion, but only a few make it to the status of being a tourist place. Hathee Singh Jain Temple in Ahmedabad is one such Temple, which is worth visiting even if you are not a religious person.
Seth Hathee Singh, a prosperous Jain merchant, established this temple in the year 1850 AD and spent a fortune of Rs 12 lacs in those days to construct this piece of spectacle. This temple is dedicated to the 15th Jain Trithanakara named Dharmnath. It is the construction of this temple, which is so marvelous and makes it so popular even today.
This double storied temple is built using beautiful white marble with intricate carvings. The front side consists of a dome and the sides have carved out galleries. The dome stands 350 feet high and covers 80 feet in diameter. There are 52 holy chambers and a large courtyard. Each of these chambers showcase remarkable designs and fine carvings along with an image of a Jain Tirthankara.
Even though the temple is situated near the bustling Delhi Darwaja, it still manages to have a calm and peaceful atmosphere. If you are a lover or art, you can spend an entire day admiring the sculptures. The entire monument is made from white marble, which was brought from Rajasthan.
It is believed that this temple was inspired from the Dilwara Jain temples in Rajasthan and follows the same architectural pattern. As photography is not allowed inside the temple, be sure to spend enough time at this monument to enjoy the beauty of carvings in every inch of this temple.
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