Digambar Jain Temple, Meerut Overview

For a fascinating insight into Jain culture and tradition, the Digambar Jain Temple in Meerut holds all the answers. Dating back thousands of years, this temple houses two important altars. The shrine of Tikal Wale Bala is believed to be generous – all wishes are said to be granted by this ancient deity.

The main idol of Bhagwan Parshwanath is seven feet tall and decked with beautiful silks. Five minor altars complete the Digambar Jain Temple, with tall spires as well. The temple complex was recently renovated, giving it a new and improved façade. The snake sculptures that adorn the top are noteworthy. The six-feet tall statue of Mahaveer is stunningly intricate.

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Architecture of Digambar Jain Temple

The Digambar Jain Temple is one of the oldest temples of Meerut dating back to many thousands of years. Its most prominent architectural features are the seven altars and spires that are found within the temple’s courtyard. The most important altar, which is also the first is the ‘Tikal Wale Bala’ and is believed to have been built by the Gods in Heaven. The statue of the main deity Bhagwan Parshvanath, a green emerald structure is also found in this altar.

There are around 720 idols in a total of the 24 Teerthankaras found within the temple complex. In the sanctum of various altars are the exquisite idols of various deities. The idols of Mahaveer Swami and the 7 feet high idol of Parshvanath with 11 serpent hoods are some of the wonderfully sculpted idols of the temple. The Samavsharan Mandir is also a part of the temple complex.

The temple constructed in white stone attracts devotees in large numbers throughout the year.

How to Reach Digambar Jain Temple

Meerut in Uttar Pradesh is easily reachable via air, rail and road.

The Delhi Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 102km. Private cabs can be availed directly from the airport to Meerut.

Meerut has its railway station and is well-connected to various towns and cities of India. Meerut cantonment station lies on the Delhi-Dehradun railway line of the Northern Central Railways.

By road, Meerut is accessible from many northern cities, such as Delhi, Chandigarh (250km), Varanasi (725km), Kanpur (400km), Jhansi (432km) and Agra (270km). The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport is the leading public bus service provider for travel to Meerut, as well as to other cities within the state. Private cars can also be availed to reach Meerut as the city is well-connected through various national and state highways, such as NH 24, NH 58, NH 119 and NH 235.

Within Meerut public buses, auto rickshaws, taxis and tempos are the modes of commuting. Depending on your location, auto rickshaws, buses or private cabs can be availed to reach the Digambar Jain Temple.

Best Time to Visit

The temple is the center of religious prayers and rituals during the important Jain religious month of Chaitra (March-April). However, the best time to visit is during the birth anniversary of Lord Parshvanath in the month of Pushya that falls in December-January. The month of Shravana (July-August) is also auspicious due to the celebration of Parshvanath Nirvana.

For best climatic conditions visit Meerut between October-February when the temperatures are mild and do not cross 25 degrees. The weather is pleasant for exploring the city and its many other attractions.

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