Digambar Jain Temple is the oldest temple of the Jain religion in Delhi. It is located just opposite the massive Red Fort at the point where Netaji Subhas Marg intersects the Chandni Chowk. Originally built in 1526, the temple has received many modifications and additions several times. The structure was expanded in the early 19th century. The imposing red sandstone temple is also known as Lal Mandir.
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- An abode of peace and sanctity, the main devotional area resides on the first floor.
- A small courtyard which is encircled by an arcade, leads to the terrace. The devotional area is reached by ascending to the terrace.
- The main shrine is of Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism. Apart from this, this area features a number of other shrines also.
- The statue of Lord Adinath, the first Tirthankara of the Jain religion is present here.
- The shrine of Lord Parasnath, the immediate predecessor of Lord Mahavira, is also here.
- The shrine area is embellished with engilded paintwork. The glow of the butter lamps and candle lights create a solacing ambience.
- Devotees from all corners of the country throng the temple and make offerings such as fruits, grains, rice and candles.
- The temple complex also holds a bookstore which has a wide collection of rare pieces of literature on Jainism.
- Visitors are requested to remove their shoes and all other leather goods before entering the temple complex.
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