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Jal Mandir, Bihar Overview

Located in Pawapuri in the state of Bihar, Jal Mandir is a revered Jain temple which is dedicated to the 24th Tirthankara- Lord Mahavir. Also known as Apapuri, the gorgeous white marble temple marks the cremation spot of Lord Mahavir and is a sacred pilgrimage centre of Jainism. The gorgeous temple is constructed within a huge water tank that is filled pretty pink lotus flowers. Considered to be one of the top five Jain temples in the region, the temple has "Charan Paduka" or foot impression of Lord Mahavir as the central deity.

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Legend of Jal Mandir

There is a local legend that circulates in the village even today. It is believed that Lord Mahavir attained Nirvana here and he was cremated here itself in the village. The cremation spot became a pilgrimage centre and all the pilgrims who visited the site took out chunks of soil from the earth considering them to be ashes of Lord Mahavir. Over time, a huge pit was created which was later filled up by water and lotus flowers. To commemorate the spot, a temple was later built in the centre of the tank.

Features of Jal Mandir

Jal Mandir sprawls over 16.8 acres of land area and is built in white marble. Surrounded by lotus flowers afloat on water, the striking architecture of the temple is the major draw. It is constructed in the shape of a ‘Vimana’ or a chariot and is deified by the footprints of Lord Mahavir. A 180 m bridge atop the water tank connects the temple to the bank. There are also a lot of diverse varieties of fish in the pond that you can feed.

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