Lal Mandir Delhi
About Lal Mandir
Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is the oldest and best-known Jain temple in Delhi, India. It is directly across from the Red Fort in the historical Chandni Chowk area. it was built in 1656 and houses a Birds Charity Hospital. Dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankara Lord Parashvanath,
On the first floor of the temple is the main devotional hall. The temple is adorned with shrines of the great Lord Mahavir,The temple also imbibes the statues of Lord Adinath and Lord Parasnath, who succeeded Lord Mahavir. The architecture of the temple has beautiful carvings in red sandstone and boasts of decorative paintwork.
The Jain community acquired three marble idols installed by Jivaraj Papriwal under the supervision of Bhattaraka Jinachandra in Samvat 1548 (1491 AD) for the temple.The main idol is that of Tirthankara Parshva.
In 1800-1807, Raja Harsukh Rai , the imperial treasurer obtained imperial permission to build a temple with a sikhara in the Jain neighborhood of Dharamapura, just south of Chandani Chauk.
Besides a highly resourceful library on Jainism, the temple also runs a charity hospital for birds. All varieties of birds especially the herbivores and squirrels that are rescued from accidents and bird hawkers are treated and sheltered here. For want of safety to the herbivore birds, the flesh eating birds like vultures are treated only as outpatients.
. The temple compound has a famous Bird Hospital. The Birds Hospital, calls itself the only institution of its kind in the world, treats about 15,000 birds a year has been run for 60 years in the building built in 1957 under the instructions of Acharya Deshbhushan Maharaj, hospital itself was started in 1930.
There is also a bookstore in the complex where a wide range of literatures on Jainism is available, apart from unique curios and souvenirs related to the religion.
New Delhi is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights.
Airport(s): Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
You can easily get regular trains to New Delhi from other major cities of the country.
Railway Station(s): Delhi Anand Vihar Terminal (ANVT), New Delhi (NDLS), Badli (BHD), Shahdara Junction (DSA), Adarsh Nagar (ANDI), Delhi Sabzi Mandi (SZM), Anand Vihar (ANVR), Vivek Vihar (VVB), Shakurbasti (SSB), Delhi Kishanganj (DKZ), Delhi Cantt. (DEC), Delhi Sarai Rohilla (DEE), Old Delhi (DLI), Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin (NZM), Shivaji Bridge (CSB), Delhi Safdarjung (DSJ), Bijwasan (BWSN), Mangolpuri (MGLP), Tuglakabad (TKD), Palam (PM), Narela (NUR), Tilak Bridge (TKJ), Nangloi (NNO), Okhla (OKA), Sadar Bazar (DSB)
There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to New Delhi.
Bus Station(s): Nazafgarh
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In the year 1931, a famed Jain Monk named Acharya Shantisagar visited the temple. This is considered a very important event in the history of the temple since in the history of Delhi, no Digambar Jain visited the city over a period of eight centuries and therefore in heralding the memorable visit of Acharya, a memorial was built inside the temple.
The statue of Rishabhanatha, the first Tirthankara is also present here, along with the shrine of Lord Parshvanath, the immediate predecessor of Lord Mahavira. The temple is popular among the Jains. The place is very peaceful and the ambience is really soothing especially due to the shining of the gilded paintwork of the shrine area under the lights of butter lamps and candles.
The Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is known for a mysterious tale. Once Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb had the musical instruments and nagara drum sounds that emanated from the temple stopped as it disturbed him. After this order, the Emperor still heard the musical sounds and had it checked. The loyal servants returned only to tell him that the instruments were playing by themselves and even today this mystery has never been solved or revealed.
Holi to Diwali (Summer Timing): 5:30 am to 11:30 am & 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Diwali to Holi (Winter Timing): 6:00 am to 12:00 pm & 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm