Travel Kolkata: Parasnath Jain Temple (Glass temple)
Principal Diety, Parashnath Temple
Parashnath, The Glass Temple
Rai Badridas builder of Parasnath temple
Wanna visit Kolkata? The capital of West Bengal, India? A must visit is Parashnath Jain temple built by Rai Badridas Bahadur Mookim.
Rai Badridas Bahadur Mookim, Court Jewelers, H.E. the Viceroy and Governor General of British India built this beautiful Jain temple and garden in 1867. Rai Badridas was the pioneer of Johari Sath Community. He himself was the designer and architect of this temple according to "Glimpses of Bengal", published in 1905.
The throne of the main Deity Shree Sheetalnath, the tenth Tirthankara in the inner sanctum of the temple is decorated with real gemstones and silver. The entire temple and outside campus are beautifully decorated with Belgian glass. The garden surrounding the temple is also built of glass.
There are other idols made of Emerald, ruby and other precious gemstones in the temple.
He built this temple to satisfy the urge of his mother Shrimati Khushal Devi, W / O late Shree Kalkadas Sindhar who had observed penance and austerity throughout her life. She performed Ayambil tap, Navpad Oli for long forty-five years.
Integrated settings of colorful glass inside the temple
Story behind building Parasnath Jain temple
There is a story behind it. Rai Badridas find his fortune in Gems and Jewelry business in Kolkata and earned huge money. He accumulated enough wealth and bought a piece of land near Jain Dadabadi in Maniktalla region of Kolkata. He wanted a garden house for a luxurious stay there. He informed his mother with joy that he had bought a piece of land to build the same. His mother was a religious lady and was not crazy about mundane things. She warned her son Badridas that he would be involved in worldly luxuries and forget God.
Badridas asked his mother about her will. The mother replied that she would be happy if her son builds a temple of God. Rai Badridas, a devoted son of his mother had done accordingly and built the world famous temple.
The then British Government in India built a huge ornamental gate (photo of the inscription is added in this hub) in the main road (Lower circular road at that time), presently A.P.C. Road that leads to the street where the temple is situated. The street itself is named after the temple, Badridas temple street.
Mookim family, present successors of Rai Badridas are managing the temple nowadays. recently they have added fountains to the pond inside the campus.
Rai Badridas Bahadoor Mookim
Chandelier and Pillar inside Parasnath temple
Inscription in Parasnath gate
Parasnath Jain Temple, Kolkata
Mahavir Swami temple near Parasnath, Kolkata
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Outside Parasnath Temple Kolkata
Parasnath temple is built by Rai Badridas Bahadur Mukim in 1867. The main deity is Jain Tirthankar Shitalnath. It is built entirely in glass.