72 Jinalaya Jain Temple
Jain temples in the region of Gujarat and Rajasthan are known for their immaculate beauty. These temples are mostly built with white marble which gives a very elegant look even from a distance. The intricacy of the work on the walls and pillars, spectacular work on the inner side of the central domes, and several other characteristics are the highlights of these temples. 72 Jinalaya is no exception. It has a temple for 72 Deris of Lord Mahavir. Located on the Bhuj – Mandvi main road, and about 10 km before Mandvi, a stop at 72 Jinalaya is going to leave you stunned and amazed! The temple complex is locally called ‘Bauter Jinalaya’ (after the local slang for Bahattar Jinalay which translates to 72 Jinalaya in Hindi) and is short for ‘Adishwar Bauter Jinalay Mahatirth’.
72 Jinalaya is definitely going to leave you awestruck with its marvellous beauty. You will also be amazed by the intricacy and detailing of the gorgeous art work done on the white marble. The construction of the temple complex started in 1982, and some of the intricacies of the work is still in progress. If you talk to one of the craftsmen, you will know the details involved in making such spectacular architecture. Some of the craftsmen have been working since the past 22 years! They even pass on the details and train the younger generation, who again work with the same dedication and intricacy!
The temple complex is spread across 80 acres of land. There are 72 Jinalayas which are built in octagonal shape, and a temple in a different building at the center. The central temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira, the 24th Thirthankara. Surrounding the main temple, there are 72 shrines located to other Thirthankaras, depicting idols from different Jain holy places from across India.
The temple complex was built in the memory of Gun Sagar Surishwarji Maharaj. The complex also has basic accommodation facilities at ‘Dharmshala’ and a huge dining facility at ‘Bhojanalaya’. If you are in or around the region, I would strongly recommend you to visit this architectural beauty. Also, please note that this is a place of worship and not a tourist place. Please maintain silence, and respect the place of worship.
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