Sawai Madhopur houses Sri Mahavirji Swami Temple, one of the holiest Jain temples in Rajasthan, situated on the banks of the river Gambhir, built in honour of Mahavira - the 24th Jain saint. Rajasthan tourism also promote pilgrimage tours to Sawai Madhopur with travel and accommodation facilities in the temple town of Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan.

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Sri Mahavirji Temple facts

Sri Mahavirji or the Mahavirji Temple as it is known is one of the most revered places of pilgrimage for the Jains. This place of worship serenades and thrives on spirituality that drapes individual in true fervor of spirituality offering a rejuvenating, renewing and a complete experience of reorientation.

Sri Mahavirji Temple history

This is one of the most popular religious places in India and this holy place of worship is rooted in years of history. The Shri Mahavirji temple was said to be built in white marble in honor of the 24th saint of the Jains Mahavira. There is a fascinating tale surrounding this place of worship. It is believed that once that couple of years there was a cow which would leave home in the morning and come there in the evening. There was nothing logically wrong, however the cow returned its udders would be completely empty. Intrigued to get to the bottom of this story the owner’s son followed it one day. He saw the animal pour milk at a partuclat spot. Curious to know the cowherd dug to find an idol of Lord Mahavira buried at the same spot. There is no actual date as to when the temple was made but however records state that the temple was renovated around the 17th and 18th century. The royal lineage of Jaipur’s leaders has always been faithful to the upkeep of this monument.

Sri Mahavirji Temple architecture

Sri Mahavirji Temple architecture offers a confluence of both ancient and contemporary style of Jain architecture. Quite contemporary in its layout the Mahavirji is unlike temples that are highly ornamented and richly carved. The temple and its vast complex have been constructed fully in white sandstone. The cupola of the temple along with the chhattris and spires are also constructed in red sandstone. The temple also has a number of smaller shrines that are dedicated to saints. A huge 32 feet stature of Shantinath one of the foremost of the Jain religion can also be found in the temple premise. There is also tower where the footsteps of Lord Mahvira have been consecrated.

It is splendid sight to view specially towards the evenings when the lights illumine the entire complex offering a serene and pristine glow in the moonlight. The illuminations in and around the temple complex make it a true festival of lights in itself. The best time to visit the temple is around March and April during the festival of Mahavir Jayanti.

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