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Katraj Jain Temple, Pune Overview

Peace and tranquillity are the two most dominant forces at this prominent place of worship, Katraj Jain Temple. The temple sits on a hillock which lies between the Pune-Satara highway, at Katraj in the district of Pune, Maharashtra. The mesmerizing view from the temple of the Pune city adds to the feeling of calmness experienced by the visitors. Once the temple is entered, there is no stopping the refreshing breeze from blowing into your hair. The temple is appreciated for its beauty, calmness and the significance it holds towards Jainism and ancient Jainism literature. The temple is not too old as it was built in the 20th century. Its other name famous among the locals is ‘Aagam Mandir’.

The temple premise has many small temples surrounding the main one and a Jal temple surrounded by water. The main temple is where the idol of Mahavir sits which is made up of Panchadhatus, a five-metal alloy of sacred significance. The idol is 12 ft in height and weighs 5 tonnes. The outer sanctum of the temple is where all the 48 Aagams are inscribed. These are open for people to read, understand and learn. There are other idols at the temple premise one of them being an idol of Bhagwan Paraswanath which is again made up of similar metal-mixture. The temple houses a Dharamshala with modern facilities and also a Bhojanalaya. The accommodation facility is available only for people belonging to the Jain community and these facilities are chargeable. There is also a goshala (cow shelter) on the premise.

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Tickets and Prices

There is no entry fee to the temple. However, the accommodation provided at the Dharamshala is chargeable. The prices of the rooms range from Rs.300 to Rs.900 depending on the size of the room and the number of beds. An extra mattress is charged Rs.100. Breakfast costs Rs.50, lunch is available for Rs.60 and dinner for Rs.50. Coffee and tea is sold for Rs.10 per head.

Timings

The temple is open from 6 am to 9 pm daily. The check-in and check-out time of the Dharamshala is 12 pm. The best time to visit is in the mornings and in the evenings.

Tips

Even though phones and cameras are allowed inside the temple, their heavy use is prohibited. Shouting, talking very loudly, loud music etc is discouraged at the holy site.

How To Reach Katraj Jain Temple

The nearest bus stops to the temple are ‘wonder city bus stop’ which is just 1.2 km away and the ‘Datta nagar bus stop’ which is just 1 km away from the temple. Many PMPML buses operate at these bus stops. You can find auto-rickshaws near-by the bus stops which will take you to the temple for a reasonable price. Private cars and cabs are also allowed to travel till the temple. The temple is 11.6 kms away from the Pune railway station and is 20.4 kms away from Pune airport.

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