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Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple, Bikaner - 15th Century Jain Pilgrimage

One of the oldest Jain temples in Bikaner, the Bhandasar Jain Temple or Banda Shah Jain temple is famous for wall painting and artwork.

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Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple

Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple

Banda Shah Jain temple Bikaner

Banda Shah Jain temple Bikaner

Bhandasar Jain Temple Bikaner

Bhandasar Jain Temple Bikaner

Bhandasar Jain Temple Bikaner

Bhandasar Jain Temple Bikaner

Images for Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple

Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple

Images for Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple

Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple

Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple

Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple

Images for Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple

Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple

Images for Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple

Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple

Bhandasar Jain Temple is one of the 27 beautiful Jain temples located in Bikaner. Dedicated to the fifth Jain Tirthankara Sumatinath, this temple was built by a rich Jain merchant named Banda Shah Oswal in 15th century. The construction of the temple started in 1468 but got completed in 1514, after his demise.

It is believed that instead of water, 40,000 kilograms of ghee was used in mortar for the construction of this temple. Locals state that this ghee (clarified butter) leaks through temple walls when the days are hot.

The three-storey temple is an architectural masterpiece constructed using red sandstone. The walls and pillars of the mandapa and sanctum in the temple are adorned with beautifully detailed paintings and yellow-stone carvings. These paintings have been adorned with gold leaf patterns. One can see the skyline of Bikaner by climbing to the topmost floor of this temple.

The infrastructure of Banda Shah Jain Temple includes an antarala, an ardhamandapa, a garbhgriha, and a mahamandapa. The idol of Lord Sumatinath is made of marble and stands on a throne in silver, which is placed on a 2 ft high pavilion.

The interior of the temple is stunning. The pillars bear floral arabesques and depictions of the lives of the 24 Jain Tirthankaras. Imported porcelain tiles adorn the linings of tower of the second floor and the main altar. There are a number of chambers containing the idols of other Jain Tirthankaras and deities. Mesmerizing views of the surroundings can be enjoyed from the carved balconies of the temple.

Bhandasar temple is not only a sacred site but is also one of the most popular tourist attractions of Bikaner and is visited by devotees as well as tourists in huge numbers. Soak-in the serenity and admire the stunning architecture.

NOTE: Like other Jain temples, leather items are not permitted inside the temple.

Bhandasar (Banda Shah) Jain Temple, Bikaner

Location:

Near Laxminath Temple, Old City, Bikaner, Rajasthan 334001

Timings:

05:00 AM – 01:00 PM

05.30 PM – 11.30 PM

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