Digambar Jain Lal MandirThis famous pilgrimage place of Jains is located in Old Delhi, just opposite to the Red Fort. The temple was constructed in the middle of 17th century AD.
The temple was constructed to commemorate Lord Parashvanath, the 23rd Tirthankara f the Jains. This temple is one of the oldest Jain pilgrimage places. The Digambar Jain Lal Temple of New Delhi is managed by a trust named Shree Agarwala Digambar Jain Panchayat Trust.
History of Digambar Jain Lal TempleDuring the rule of Emperor Jahangir, many Jains were gifted plots of land in the southern parts of Chandni Chowk and they had settled within the city of Shahjanhanabad. Those were allowed to build a small Jain Temple within the walled city where they lived.
Legend of Digambar Jain MandirThe Digambar Jain Mandir has a legend associated with it. The sound of musical instruments and the beating of drums (Nagara) that came from within the temple premise used to disturb the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and that is why he ordered to stop them. But even after the musical instruments were not played, the emperor used to hear their sounds.
When he had sent his servant to inquire about it, he was reported that the instruments played by themselves. This mysterious tale is still associated with this Jain temple and till date nobody could actually find out the reason how the instruments’ sound used to be heard by the emperor though nobody played them.
Architecture of Digambar Jain TempleDigambar Jain Temple is made of red sandstone and that is why it is known as “Lal Temple”. The temple walls have intricate carvings and beautiful paint works. The paint works and carvings are there on the ante-chambers that surround the shrine of Parshavath. There is a huge column named “Manastambha” placed near the temple entrance.
The primary devotional hall of Digambar Jain Temple is in the first floor. The small courtyard of this temple is surrounded by row of pillars. The gilded paintwork of the temple area looks very soothing when the lights of candles and lamps fall on them.