Jain Temple Bhandasar, Bikaner

Timings: 05:00 AM – 01:00 PM and 05.30 PM - 11.30 PM

Built by: Jain merchant, Bhandasa Oswal

Built in: 1468

Dedicated to: Fifth Jain tirthankar, Sumtinath

Highlights: Leaf paintings and Mirror work

One of the oldest Jain temples in Bikaner, Jain temple Bhandasar is known for its beautiful leaf paintings, frescoes and ornamented mirror work. The temple has three floors and is a red sand stone structure. Dedicated to the fifth tirthankar, Sumtinath, it was commissioned by Bhandasa Oswal, a rich Jain merchant. The construction of the temple started in 1468 but got completed in 1554, after his demise.

The first floor of Jain temple Bhandasar has stunning miniatures of the gods’ carriers. Visitors can climb up to the third floor to savor wonderful views of the city surroundings. It is said that 40,000 kilograms of ghee was used in the construction of this temple in the place of water in mortar. Locals state that this ghee (clarified butter) leaks through temple walls when the days are hot.

The colorful paintings and yellow-stone carvings make the interior look splendid. Arabesques in floral shapes adorn the pillars. There are interesting illustrations showcasing the lives of the 24 Jain trithankars.

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