Location :The Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is an ancient temple dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankara or Lord Parashvanath and is known as the oldest Jain temple in Delhi that lies opposite the famous Red Fort at the junction of Chandni Chowk and Netaji Subhash Marg which is approachable via local transport and the metro link. The Temple was constructed in the year 1656 made of red sandstone and is popularly known by devotees as the Lal Mandir. It is managed by the Shri Agarwala Digambar Jain Panchyat Trust.
The Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is also been known for a mysterious tale which states that 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 who were returned only to tell him that the instruments were playing by themselves and even today this mystery has never been solved or revealed.
The Sri Digambar Jain Lal Temple welcomes the piligrims with Manastambha column that stands at the entrance of the temple. The first floor of the this great temple houses the primary devotional hall. The temple is adorned with shrines of the great Lord Mahavir [24th Tirthankara of Jainism] who was a Prince born in 599 BC in Vaishali city known today as Bihar. Lord Mahavir abandoned all the luxuries and wealth in search of 'Salvation'. He attained enlightenment through meditation, penance and henceforth preached the world about self enlightenment. The temple also embibes in it the statues of Lord Adinath [1st Tirthankara of Jainism] and Lord Parasnath who succeeded Lord Mahavir.
Tourists are welcome to visit the Sri Digambar Jain Lal Temple complex and enjoy the calm, soothing and peaceful ambience that adds to the old charm of the place. The temple premise also includes a bookshop containing a wide range of literatures on Jainism. Visitors must remove their shoes and other leather items and hand it over to the administrative personnel of the temple before entering. The temple also homes a Charity Hospital for Birds and offers free treatment. It also offers services to birds rescued from the accidents and bird hawkers. Squirrels and other small animals are also treated here as free of cost.
|However, flesh eating birds like vultures, eagles and likewise are strictly treated only as an outpatient as they may cause a threat to the other birds and small animals living within the hospital premises||Nearby tourist places to Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir
Best Time to VisitVisitors have to visit Digambar Jain Temple for during the annual events. The important festivals near the temple are Paryushan, Samvatsari, Deepawali and Jnaan Panchami.
How to Reach the Temple
- The great Digambar Jain Temple being located in the capital city, can be reached from any corner of the country and city.
- By airways the Nearest International Airport to reach is Indira Gandhi International Airport.
- Through Railways the Nearest Railway Station is the Old Delhi Railway Station
- Through Roadways the Nearest Bus Stop are the Local buses from various points