» Timing - 6.00 A.M.-11.00 A.M.& 3.00 P.M.-7.00
Situated in the north-east of the city, this temple is an ornate
mass of mirrors, coloured stones and glass mosiac, and overlooks a
Pareshnath Jain Temple was built by Ray Badridas Bahadur in 1867.
He was a connoisseur of art. It is one of the main tourist
attractions of Calcutta. Hundreds of tourists and local people come
everyday to see its beauty and experience the solemn environment.
There are four temples here. The main temple is dedicated to the
10th Jain Avtaar (incarnation of God) Sri Sital Nath Ji. The gateway
of the temple is a pleasant spectacle to behold.
An arboretum embellishes the place along with many effigys. There
is a small stream which has an array of flowers on all sides. In the
north, is the greeting room and a museum. One can reach the veranda
of the temple by climbing thirteen marble stairs.
Here is a lamp which burns with ghee and is never extinguished. On
the south of the temple of Sri SitalaNath Ji stands the temple of
Sri Chanda Prabhujidev. Ganeshlal Kapoorchand Jahar constructed it
in 1895. There is another temple towards the right where Dadaji Garu
and Kushalji Maharaj are worshipped. The 4th temple towards the
north, belongs to Mahavira the last guru of the Jains.
Main Jain temple is the Paryushan celebrated in Bhadrav month.
Jains observe ahimsa, listen to recitations of scriptures of worship
and perform charitable deeds. Last day of festival is called
Structure of the Temple:
Its structure has mirror-inlay pillars, the windows made of stained
glass and the marble floors has a floral design. Its garden has
blocks of glass mosaics and European statues, painted with silver