Ahmedabad or Amdavad is an amazing place that reflects the perfect harmony of diverse religions. It is known for its rich culture, fascinating history and welcoming people.
The city’s culture and history have been significantly influenced by the religions followed by its people that include Islamic, Hinduism and Jainism. History buffs would be delighted to witness the sacred sites of the city that includes an array of mosques, Hindu temples and Jain Derasars.
Gujarat has been a significant religious place for Jainism and houses several Jain pilgrimage centres. The 22nd spiritual leader of the dharma or the Tirthankara named Aristanemi attained salvation in Junagadh district of Gujarat. Gujarat houses Jain pilgrimage sites from the 6th and the 7th centuries.
Jainism is an ancient religion that has a strong influence in Ahmedabad and its myriad derasars stand as evidence to its belief. These derasars have been built in different sizes with amazing designs.
A sacred Jain place of worship, Hutheesing Jain Temple draws a huge crowd owing to its divinity and serenity. An architectural gem of the city is dedicated to the 15th Tirthankar, Dharmanath. He was the son of King Bhanu Raja of Ratnapuri who had attained salvation at Shrikanji.
History of Hutheesing Jain Temple
An affluent Jain trader Sheth Hutheesing Kesarisinh planned to build a sacred Jain Temple. However before he could see his dream come true he died at the age of 49. His third wife Shethani Harkunwar took the task in her hands and supervised the construction of the temple.
Shethani Harkunwar had been actively involved in the development of the temple and started building the sub shrines in the basement when Hutheesing was seriously ill. Built in a span of two years it was named after the generous trader.
Construction of the famed temple was completed in 1848 AD at a huge cost of 8 lakh rupees which was considered to be a huge sum during that time. Hutheesing’s son Muggenbhai Hutheesing along with Lockwood de Forest started up a new venture called the Ahmedabad Woodcarving Company in 1881. As per Lockwood De Forest the cost of the temple was estimated to be over a million dollars.
Gujarat had been adversely affected by famine during the development of the sacred complex. As such it proved to be a blessing for the artisans involved in the construction of the temple. Most of the artisans deployed were those from Sompura and Salat communities.
Sompura artisans are well known artisans famed for their craftsmanship skills in stone carvings and sculpting and are especially involved in making sculptures in Hindu and Jain temples. Legends state that there is a 170 years old lamp that is still lighting beneath the sanctum sanctorum.
Image Gallery of Hutheesing Jain Temple Ahmedabad
Consecration of Hutheesing Jain Temple
A famous saint, Shanti Sagar Suri did the consecration called the Pratishtha. It is believed that around 4,00,000 pilgrims attended the ceremonies. A Jain monastery called Dharmnath Derasar was build in Nisha Pol before the consecration of the Hutheesing Jain temple for accommodating the pilgrims and encouraging the Jain beliefs and customs. The event was marked with 21 days celebration. It was inaugurated on Posh Vad 11 Vikram Samvat.
Architecture of Hutheesing Jain Temple
Ornamented with stunning stone carvings, Hutheesing Jain Temple is an architectural masterpiece built in white marble. With an outstanding layout this revered site has a courtyard enclosed with cloisters.
A highly ornate and enduring architectural structure that accommodates 238 stone images and 21 yantras is the brainchild of architect Premchand Salat. Pilgrims take a flight of steps to reach the pillared hall which leads to the sanctum sanctorum. Idol of the 15th Tirthankara, Dharmanatha set in the moolyanak is quite appealing. It also houses the idol of Osia Mata, the prime deity of Oswals.
A significant addition to the revered site is the 78 feet high Manasthamba noted for its architectural magnificence similar to the Jain Manasthamba and the Kirtistamba situated in Chittor district of Rajasthan.
Manasthambas often referred to as the column of honour found in Jain temples are believed to shed the pride of the pilgrims as they enter the preaching hall called Samavasarana. Manasthamba in front of the Hutheesing Jain temple was built in 2003 to celebrate the 2500th birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira.
This sacred complex is topped off with a huge twelve rings semi circular dome that stands with the support of eight pillars. The dome is 80 feet in diameter and stands at a height of 350 meters.
There are five deities in three bay structures and six deities in the two sub shrines at the basement. An impressive idol of different Tirthankaras is set in 52 shrines called devikulas located along the circumambulatory passage.
It has an outstanding octagonal shaped Guda Mandapam that is twice the size of the shrines. Stunningly beautiful three spires over the garbhagriha add charm to the beauty of the temple. The elaborate porches, chaturbas and jalis give it a look of a haveli. It is believed that the temple has been inspired from the famous Dilwara Jain Temple in Rajasthan.
How to Reach Hutheesing Jain Temple
The well known place of Jainism is situated outside the Delhi Gate in Bardolpura area that lies only 3.6 km from Ahmedabad railway station. As the sacred shrine is located on the Shahibaug Road near Kalupur station, it is easily accessible for first time visitors.
Ahmedabad being the industrial, economic and educational hub of Gujarat is well connected with air, road and rail. The nearest bus stop to the temple is Shahibaug. There are various buses to reach the temple.
The nearest Airport is Sardar Vallabhai Patel Airport and the nearest Railway station is Kalupur Railway Station.
Entry Fee and Timings of Hutheesing Jain Temple
There is no entry fee to visit Hutheesing Jain Temple. Camera is not allowed inside the temple.
The temple timings are from 8:00 am in the morning to 5:00 pm in the evening. Aarti is given at 8:00 am in the morning. Temple is closed from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm during lunch hours.
Other attractions near Hathee Singh Jain Temple
Dada Hari Ni Nav, Calico Museum of Textiles, Sabarmati Ashram, Teen Darwaza, Jhulta Mandir Sidi Bashir Mosque, Swami Narayan Mandir, Rani no Hajiro, Jama Masjid, Sidi Sayed Mosque, Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Museum and Kashtabhanjan Hanuman Temple
FAQs and Information on Hutheesing Jain Temple
Major festivals celebrated at the temple are the Paryushan and Mahavir Jayanti. Paryushan is the annual festival that is held for 8 – 10 days when the Jains perform fasting, meditation and prayers. It is considered as a time period of purification in their life and the last day is observed as a day of forgiveness.
Birthday of the 24th Tirthankara, Lord Mahavira called as Mahavir Jayanti is also celebrated in this auspicious temple. A procession of Lord Mahavira is also organised by the pilgrims. Diwali is an important festival for Jains celebrated to commemorate the nirvana of Lord Mahavira. Other festivals celebrated include Gyan Panchami, Paush Dashami and Maun-agiyara.