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Jain Birds Hospital: A Hospital For Birds at Delhi

Updated on January 11, 2017

Jains are well known for their compassion towards animals and every other living being. They do not kill or cause to kill animals. That is why they are staunch vegetarians.

Jains have opened thousands of animal shelters all over India. In these animal shelters they look after rescued, sick and injured animals.

Jains have opened some hospitals especially for birds. People admit injured and sick birds in such hospitals, where the ‘Bird Specialist’ Doctors treat the birds.

One of the most famous hospitals for birds is the Birds Hospital at Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.

Birds Hospital (Above)
Birds Hospital (Above)

This hospital is situated at the famous Red Jain Temple Complex opposite to the Red Fort. The Jain temple is known as Digambar Jain Laal Mandir. The temple is few centuries old and the bird hospital was founded in the temple complex in 1956.

The hospital has separate wards for different species of birds. There is an Intensive Care Unit for Serious Birds. Moreover, there is a research laboratory.

Generally, people admit wounded and sick birds to this hospital. As it is a charitable hospital, the treatment is free, and the expenses are covered from donations. About 30000 birds are treated every year.

When the birds get well, they are freed. The birds are not returned to their owners.

To commemorate this unique hospital, a First Day Cover was issued by Indian Post. The cover depicts two rare birds, the hospital and the red Jain Temple on it.

So whenever you are will be in Delhi, do not miss to visit this unique hospital. Also visit the historical Red Jain Temple in the same complex, as well as the Red Fort on the opposite side.

The Hospital on First Day Cover

Photo Courtesy: Sanjiv Kumar Jain  Dehradun, India
Photo Courtesy: Sanjiv Kumar Jain Dehradun, India

Documentary: Jain Bird Hospital


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    LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

    Thanks for sharing this. What a wonderful place. I have rescued injured birds from the streets here in Paris and taken them to a similar place in the suburbs, also funded by donations. Birds that can fend for themselves are taken far out into the country and released in the hope they will not return to the city. The others are kept in aviaries in the backyard of what is just an ordinary house, filled with birdcages and veterinary supplies. The devotion of those who care for them is inspiring, as it obviously is at the bird hospital in Old Dehli.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India


    Thanks for reading the Hub and appreciating it.

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    girltalksshop 5 years ago

    Very interesting I love birds. I think it is wonderful when people care about other creatures, such as birds and animals. Shows their softer side. : ) Thanks for the share. Voted up!

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India


    Thank you for reading this Hub, appreciating the content and sharing it.

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    Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    This is an excellent article! I am so glad there is a place to take care of sick and injured birds. I wish we had some place like that here. I love this article, voting up, interesting and SOCIALLY SHARING! Thank you for sharing this caring information! Have a wonderful day! :)

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India


    Thank you for adding more information to my knowledge.

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    sadhuvedantmuni 5 years ago

    really i have visited several times that hospital. the hospital is doing very hard work. workers and team members are dedicately serving to the animal and birds, they are praiseworthy.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India


    Thank you for reading this Hub and commenting on it. Nice to know that you collect stamps. It was my school days hobby.

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    Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

    Excellent article. I collect stamps and worked for a wild bird rescue, so this post really hits home for me. Birds are a passion of mine, as does nature in general.