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Soniji Ki Nasiyan Ajmer (India)

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OVERVIEW

Built in the late nineteenth century, Soniji Ki Nasiyan is an architecturally rich Jain Temple. Popularly known as the Ajmer Temple, or the Lal Mandir, it is situated in Prithvi Raj Marg in Ajmer, Rajasthan and is very close to Akbar Fort. This temple is worshipped for Lord Rishabhdev (Agnidev) who was the first of the Tirthankaras, and its disciples and followers mainly owe its origin to the Digambar Sect. Kurt Titze in his book, "Jainism: A Pictorial Guide to the Religion of Non-Violence", has described Soniji Ki Nasiyan as one of Ajmer’s main attraction. The temple is one of the most popular tourist spots in Rajasthan. It is one of the most important Jain Temples and attracts a large number of tourists who pay a visit to seek peace in its divinity and pay their homage. This temple is easily accessible by road and can be reached from any part of Rajasthan by availing its local transport system. It is at a distance of 1 km from Rajasthan Railway Station

History

The construction of the temple was started in the year 1964 and it was finally opened for the disciples with the installation of the image of ‘Agnidev’ in the Sanctum Sanctorum on 26 May 1865. The temple is named Siddhkoot Chaitalya. It was built by Rai Bahadur Seth Moolchand and Nemichand Soni, Jain Businessmen from Ajmer, and thus is also known as 'Nasiyan of Seth Moolchand Soni'. It is also known as ‘Red Temple’ as is it made of red stone. In 1895 A.D, the Svarna Nagri was added to the temple and it popularly began to be called as the ‘Sone ka mandir’. This Svarna Nagri, known as ‘City of Gold’, exhibits few gold-plated wooden figures drawing reference to the Jain tradition. This is the primary chamber of the temple.

Best Time To Visit

October to March

Open and Closing Time

Timing: 8.30 AM - 4.30 PM Suggested duration:Around 1 to 2 hours

General Information

Entry Fee For Indian:10 per head For Foreigners:Rs.25/- per head

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Interesting facts about Nareli Jain Temple

The temple has been constructed in red stone brought from Karauli, following the typical South Indian style of temple architecture. The gigantic gateway, also termed as Gopuram, is a fine example of its rich architectural technique. The temple is a two-storied structure and is divided into two parts. One part of the temple is the worship area comprising the idol of Lord Adinath or Rishabhdev, while the other forms a museum and includes a hall. The interior of the museum depicts the five stages (Panch Kalyanak) in the life of Lord Adinath. The first floor of the temple popularly called as Swarna Nagari hall houses one of the most astonishing architectural creations of the Universe in the version of Jainism which also constitutes of gold plate replicas of every Jain temples of the country. An estimated 1000 kilograms of gold has been used in the construction of the marvel depicting panorama from Jain mythology, and of the ancient towns of Ayodhya and Prayag. The temple also showcases wooden gild representations, glass engravings, and paintings that display scenes from Jain scriptures. Festooned by precious stones, gold, and silver work, the place is also termed as Soni Ji Ki Nasiyan. The inner chamber of the temple is decorated with silver balls hanging from the ceiling. The interior is adorned with Belgium stain glass, mineral colour paintings, and stain glasswork. There is a staff erected in the middle of the compound, which is called Maanstambh. It is 82 foot high and was constructed by Seth Sir Bhagchand Soni. This white marble column stands high in the courtyard of the temple and has been designed in an artistic manner with images of the Jain Tirthankars engraved on it.

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