The India Centre

Shri Adeshwar Digambar Temple Visit

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The Shree Adeshwar Digambar temple, which is located in the center of Shukrawar Peth, has been an important component of the local community since 1843. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rishabdev, also known as Adinath or Adeshwar, the first tirthankara of Jainism. It exhibits the classic Solanki style of architecture through its white marble and intricate carvings. The first and second floors of the temple, which have three stories, are open to the public. Both accessible floors are characterized by huge dome ceilings, with carvings adorning them. There is a characteristic murti of Lord Parshwanath with snakes reaching above his head on the ground floor. There is also a murti of Lord Pushpadanta, the ninth tirthankara, as well as a few other murtis in the garbhagriha. On the top floor, there is a murti of Lord Adeshwar inside the garbhagriha and even a carving depicting the story of the Lord breaking his fast with sugarcane juice. The temple collects donations and performs charity by feeding and caring for local cows. As it happens, the temple is surrounded by several other historically significant Jain temples, all of which are within easy walking distance of each other.

Area of Study: Jainism
Team Details:
  • Nandhini Somasundaram
    Undergraduate Student
    Major: Environmental Studies | Minor: Public Policy