After our posts on the oldest Churches in Mumbai and the beautiful temples and Gurudwaras in the city, we continue our journey with the famous Jain and Buddhist temples around town. Though Jainism is a religious minority in India, Mumbai has one of the largest Jain populations among all the cities in the country. There are numerous temples in the city and we bring you few of the most visited ones.
Built in 1904, Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji Jain Temple at Malabar Hill is one of the most beautiful Jain temples in Mumbai. The temple’s frontage has two stone elephants. The detailed zodiac paintings on the dome ceiling and the majestic statues of the various deities and saints that adorn the holy space add to the surreal feel of the temple. There is also a statue of Lord Ganesh at the temple. Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple at Chandanbala and Shri Adinath Temple at Napeansea road are two more popular temples in the same area. Where: Walkeshwar
The decade old Agashi Jain Temple and Mahavir Dham attract scores of Jain worshippers in the city. Intricately sculpted statues of Jain deities like Shri Mahavir and Lord Ghantagharan Bhagvan adorn the temples. Visitors enjoy over-night stay privileges and a spacious interior for rituals. Worshippers throng the temple especially during Samvansari. Where: Virar West
Founded in 1812, the Godiji Parshwanath Temple in Pydhoni is one of the oldest and most famous. A center of many Jain activities, it was first constructed in the Fort region of Mumbai. In1868 the temple was built at its present location. The white idol of Godi Parshwanatha in the temple was brought from an ancient temple in Rajasthan. Where: Marine Lines/Charni Road (from Western side) & Masjid Bunder (from Central side)
Buddhism is also another of India’s religions and the Buddhist meditation tradition of Vipassana meditation is gaining popularity in the country.
Built in 1952, Nipponzan Myohoji Temple or Buddhist Temple is one of Mumbai’s oldest places of worship for the city’s Buddhist populace. Traditional architecture and interesting interiors consisting of illustrations of Lord Buddha’s life, Japanese drums and a six-feet statue of Buddha coupled with chants and rituals by devotees add to the serenity that this place claims to offer. Visitor traffic reaches its peak during Buddha Purnima. Where: Worli
Global Vipassana Pagoda is more of a meditation centre than a religious site. That said the architectural elements of the edifice follow the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar and the interiors – art gallery and relics within the space – largely depict the life of Lord Buddha. The place offers 10-day vipassana meditation courses. Where: Gorai, North Mumbai
Hope you enjoyed this post. Stay tuned for Mumbai’s most famous mosques and dargahs, coming soon. If you would like to add to this list or send us other stories, you can write in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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