The sacredness of Jain Jahaj Mandir in Jalore.

Souvik By Souvik, 28th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The article speaks about the sacredness of Jain Jahaj Mandir in Jalore. The temple is visited by many devotees from different parts of India.

Jain Jahaj Temple

The Jain Jahaj Temple is situated at Mandwala in Jalore in Rajasthan. It is situated around 150 kilometers away from the city of Jodhpur.


The shape of the temple is like that of a ship. That is the reason why it is called Jahaj temple or a ship temple.


The temple is made of 55 feet height with Makrana marble all around the temple. It looks white from outside and looks glorious.

History of the temple.

On the 3rd of Dec. 1985, Acharya Shri Jin KantisagarSuriji, the devotee of the adorned Acharya Shri Jin HarisagarSuriji was in Mandavla, Jalore. He was on his way to Jivana and was amidst his "Chatur-Mas". It was around 12:00 in the noon that he started to feel uneasy at health and soon experienced fever.


That very moment he sensed the sun of his life setting in. He summoned his immediate deciple whom we know as our Gurudev Shri Maniprabhsagarji and intimated to him that now the time had arrived for him to take over his role and responsibilities. Dec. 4th his soul the departed the body at 9:16 in the morning. That was a sad demise and a great loss to all of us


"Agnisanskar" the funeral was held on the following day. Thousands of followers gathered for the ceremony. During the funeral, a very strange and astonishing incidence took place. From the raging flames of the fire Acharya's right hand flung out and began to sway.


This was his final blessings to his thousands of devotees. The crowd overwhelmingly cheered Jay-jaykars and filled the space. This went on for about half an hour. The media ran around to cover the event and captured the magical scene in their cameras.

Creation of Trust

In fond memory of the Maharaj a huge memorial was decided to be constructed at the very place of this even i.e. the funeral spot. Instantly a trust named after the Acharya "Shri KantisagarSuri Smarak Trust" was formed to give this task a shape.


When Acharya Mahaprabhujhi was in his char maas, he heard a bhajan, " Bhakt Tumhara Bhatak Raha Hain, Bhav Sagar Majhdhaar //
Naiya Ban Navik Ban Bhugwan, Mujhko Paar Utaar //
Prabhu he ! Arzi Dil Mein Dhaar // "


He understood the meaning. It was ""Your devotee has lost his way amidst the ocean" (where ocean symbolizes the world)
"Come to my rescue, take me ashore, come in the form of a ship/boat"
"Oh Lord ! I have this request in my heart"

Ship temple

So the idea of building ship temple came from there. In 1993 the building was started and by 2000 the temple was completed.

Source of images: "Images are taken from the private camera of Dr Souvik Chatterji during visit to Jalore on 25th September, 2015."


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author avatar Souvik
28th Sep 2015 (#)

The temple had been very well maintained.

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Sep 2015 (#)

Beautiful! Blessings.

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author avatar Souvik
29th Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks Kingwell for the wonderful comments.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
29th Sep 2015 (#)

India is very rich in its historic monuments awesome post once again Souvik shukria!

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author avatar Ptrikha
1st Oct 2015 (#)

Well written, also sharing on Tsu.

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author avatar Souvik
2nd Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Fern for the wonderful comments.

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author avatar Souvik
2nd Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Ptrikaji for the wonderful comments. India has many religions and many monuments.

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