Travel Kolkata: Jain Dadabadi and Guru Charan with photo gallery

Kolkata dadabadi, Distant view

Magnificent front view of Kolkata Jain Dadabadi
Magnificent front view of Kolkata Jain Dadabadi
Beautiful back view of Kolkata Jain Dadabadi
Beautiful back view of Kolkata Jain Dadabadi

Jain Dadabadi in Kolkata


Tourists in Kolkata come in large numbers to view this Jain Dadabadi situated opposite to famous Parasnath glass temple. This Dadabadi is built in Mogul pattern and resembles the Tajmahal.

Kolkata is now the capital of West Bengal and the second biggest city (After Mumbai) in India. It was the Capital of British-ruled India in the nineteenth century. A Large number of Jain came and settled in Kolkata from various places since then. Johari Sath (Jewelers community) people were first among Jains to come and settle in the then Kolkata. They were Rajasthanis but came mainly via Lucknow, Delhi, Varanasi and Agra cities of Uttar Pradesh.

Most of them belong to Khartar gachchha sect of Jain and were of Shrimal clan. Dadagurus (Dada stands for Grandfather in Hindi language and Guru for Teacher, Mentor or Master) are very popular among Khartar gachchha sect of Jain community. It is believed that they were the masters and mentors of them. It is obvious that they built a beautiful Dadabadi (Temple of Dadaguru Deva) in Kolkata.

Entering Kolkata Jain Dadabadi

Kolkata Jain Dadabadi: Main gate
Kolkata Jain Dadabadi: Main gate
Kolkata Jain Dadabadi: Main gate, Upper portion
Kolkata Jain Dadabadi: Main gate, Upper portion
Inscriptions in Hindi, English and Bengali
Inscriptions in Hindi, English and Bengali
Inscriptions in Gujrati,Oria, and south Indian languages
Inscriptions in Gujrati,Oria, and south Indian languages
Security Guard Statue
Security Guard Statue

Location and address Of Kolkata Dadabadi


Kolkata Dadabadi (Badi is derived in Hindi from Sanskrit word Batika that means garden) is situated opposite to famous Parasnath glass temple at 29, Badridas temple Street, Kolkata, PIN code 700004. Dadabadi is much older than the Parasnath glass temple built (1867) by Rai Badridas Bahadur Mukim. In fact, Parasnath temple was built opposite to Dadabadi. It is assumed that the Dadabadi was built either in the last leg of the eighteenth century or in early nineteenth century. However, exact date and year are not known.

Three Jain temples, Parasnath, Mahavir Swami and Chandaprabhu, were built surrounding Dadabadi from three sides. Hence, this particular area of Kolkata is treated as tourist place for all visitors and as Pilgrim for Jain.

The Dadabadi has a palatial look with huge main gate. It is approximately 30 feet in height and entire inside portion is made of Marble with integrated carvings. Long path again made of marble gives Kolkata Dadabadi extremely gorgeous look.

Address of Kolkata Dadabadi:

29, Badridas Temple Street, Kolkata 700004

Photos of the main gate of Kolkata Jain Dadabadi follows:

Wonderful architecture of Jain Dadabadi in Kolkata

Kolkata Jain Dadabadi: Close view
Kolkata Jain Dadabadi: Close view
Kolkata Jain Dadabadi: Fountain
Kolkata Jain Dadabadi: Fountain
Kolkata Jain Dadabadi: Dom
Kolkata Jain Dadabadi: Dom

Entering inside Dadabadi

Kolkata Jain Dadabadi: Court Yard
Kolkata Jain Dadabadi: Court Yard
Twin Dom in Mulgambhara, Set with silver
Twin Dom in Mulgambhara, Set with silver
Twin Bedi and Charan Paduka
Twin Bedi and Charan Paduka

Dadaguru Charan Paduka


Dadaguru Devas are very prominent Jain Acharyas of Khartar Gachchha clan of Swetambara sect of Jain community. There are four Dadagurus namely Shree Jina Dutta Suri, Shree Manidhari Jina Chandra Suri, Shree Jina Kushal Suri and Shree Jina Chandra Suri.

Worship (Pujan) of Dadaguru is very popular among Jain community. Dadabadi means place of worship for Dada Gurudev.

There are footprints (Charan) of Acharya Sthulibhadra (single) and a cluster of four Jina Dutta Suri, Shree Jina Kushal Suri, Shree Jina Chandra Suri and Jinabhadra Gani Kshamashramana at Kolkata Dadabari. Devotees come here every Monday and on the full moon day, the last day of every lunar month to pay their homage.

Charan Paduka (Foot Print Images)

Charan Paduka of Sthulibhadra Swami
Charan Paduka of Sthulibhadra Swami
Beautiful silver work in the wall
Beautiful silver work in the wall
Charan Paduka of dadagurudevas and Jinabhadra Gani Kshamashramana
Charan Paduka of dadagurudevas and Jinabhadra Gani Kshamashramana
Kundan Jadau Aangi (Cover)
Kundan Jadau Aangi (Cover)

What is in the back side?


Not only the front but the back side is also wonderful. There are brass and Cement images, gardens, fountains and Dharmashala on the back side of the Kolkata Jain Dadabadi.

A beautiful pond adds to its glory. Fishes play in the pond, however, fishing is not allowed. The Jain community is strictly vegetarian and believes in complete non-violence to an animal, fish or even tiny creatures.

Back side Dadabadi

The back side of Kolkata Dadabadi

Horse rider Statue in the rear side
Horse rider Statue in the rear side
Beautiful pond just Back side
Beautiful pond just Back side
Wonderful imagination
Wonderful imagination
Cast iron railing surrounding the pond
Cast iron railing surrounding the pond
Lawn and fountain beside the pond
Lawn and fountain beside the pond
Pond: From different angle
Pond: From different angle

Kartik Poornima festival


Kartik Poornima festival is the most famous occasion among Jain society in Kolkata. A grand ceremonial procession beginning from Sri Shantinath Swetambar Jain temple, Tulapatti reaches to Jain Dadabadi in the evening.

Jain communities arrange for dinner of the devotees attending procession. Dadaguru dev arati also takes place in the evening. Thousands of people attend this ceremony. The procession goes back to its origin after two days that is on Margsheersh Krishna Dwitiya.

A video of the procession is attached below.

Kartik Purnima at Dadabadi, Kolkata

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JYOTI KOTHARI 15 months ago from Jaipur Author

Thanks Gabriel,

I cannot understand which Video you are talking of?


Gabriell 15 months ago

Very nice and inspiring talk. Unfortunately I was litlte late. Would be great if you can post the video. My friends would also like to see the video if you can upload it. Thanks in advance.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 16 months ago from Jaipur Author

Thanks Malti Shah. Where do you live in Kolkata? I am from Mahavira Swami temple, Maniktalla


malti shah. 16 months ago

I am so much impress to see this photographs. I mean nothing can better then this. I live in Calcutta and visited this place many times.Thank you very much.

JAI JINENDRA.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 2 years ago from Jaipur Author

Dear Prafull Bhai,

Thanks for commenting. However, there is no contact information of you and I cannot provide info without contacting you. If you are visiting this article pl wrire your mail address for relevant info.


prafulla shah 2 years ago

i am very much impressed by the photos and the informations given bythe

travel kolkata jain dadawadi.. actually i want to salute the organisers of travel kolkata dadawadi for the tremendous efforts taken to collect informatios and bring forward to jain people.

I am planning to come to kolkata in the november2014 please guide me to

reach there ,also provide me phone numbers of pedhi/office and oblige jaijinendra


pankaj jain 5 years ago

nice pic. This is very beautiful. I have never seen this type of silver work in wall. jai dada guru


dipak 5 years ago

hi JYOTI KOTHARI first of all thanks

i like it a lot

actually i am not a jain but i am very much intersted to know about the religion after seeing the photograph i think that how much i am missing this religion so sad to say this


Punit Godawat 5 years ago

Nice pics. Can u provide us telephone no. of Dadabadi. regards,


Mina Kalraiya 5 years ago

Looking at this Pics of dada bari, Never realised it is

do beautiful, I always visit on my Visit to Kolkata.

Know I can see on the web. While in Canada

Love Kolkata and our Jain temple.

Mina Kalraiya

Mississauga, Ontario

Canada.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Sunil Ji,

Thanks for visiting and commenting on this article. It seems that you live in Kolkata and Dadabadi is well known to you.

Thanks again,

Jyoti Kothari


sunil dugar 6 years ago

really superb. you have done good job . thanks to you to show us dadbadi in our home.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Dinesh Ji,

Thanks for your comment. Where do you live now? If you are not in Kolkata, you can open this hub and pray Dadagurudev.

Jyoti Kothari


DINESH KUMAR BHANDIA 6 years ago

LOOKING AT THE DADABADI PHOTOS WHERE ONCE WE USED TO PRAY, PLAY AND FEED THE FISHES AS YOUNGSTER IS NOSTALGIC.


Darshan 7 years ago

This is a beautiful photo gallery of Jain Dadabadi Kolkata. I have never seen a Dadabadi better than this one. It is in the front of Parasnath Temple, Kolkata. Both are awesome. I visited two years back.

Thanks,

Darshan


Anjali Kapadia 7 years ago

Hi Jyoti,

Superb. Fantastic. When I saw the photo first, I thought it of Tazmahal. Kolkata Dadabadi is wonderful.

What a silver work! Awesome.

Palacious gate!

Thumbs up!

You are really bringing awesome photos in your hubs.

Thanks,

Anjali


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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Janni and Ratnaveera,

Thanks for your comments. I have promised long back in Temple art of India forum to publish some hubs about Temple art of India.

I have published some and obiliged to be appreciated.

Thanks,

Jyoti Kothari


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ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum

Indeed this is great Hub telling the pride of Dadabadi in Kolkata. Photos are very beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Thumbs Up!

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