Bhandasar Jain Temple Bikaner
The fifth temple of Jainism dedicated to Sumatinath, Bhandasar Jain temple is one of the most popular temples of Bikaner. This 2-storied Jain temple of Bikaner is also known as Bhandeshwar temple and it is made of red sandstone. It is believed that the construction of the temple was started in 1468 by a wealthy businessman, Bhandasa Oswal. The construction continued even after his demise in 1514.
This temple is an architectural masterpiece and includes an interval, an antarala, a sanctum sanctorum, and a Mahamandap. Detailed pictures can be seen on the pillars and walls of the shrine and sanctuary or pancharatha. These pictures are decorated with the pattern of the gold leaf. Local people say that instead of mortar in the temple, around 40,000 kg of ghee is made using the ghee which hits the walls during summers. The statue of Lord Sumatinath is made of marble and stands on the throne of silver, which is placed on a 2 feet high pavilion.
The marble pillars of the Bhandasar Jain temple are embellished with the flower cluster pattern and events depicting the lives of 24 Jain Tirthankars. There are beautiful dance images of young women and multicolored flowers on the walls and floors. Imported porcelain tiles beautify the lining of the second-floor tower and the main change. There are many rooms with idols of other Tirthankars and deities. The mirror is the main attraction of work. Enjoy the magnificent views surrounding the temple’s carved balconies.
Bhandarsar temple is not only a sacred place, but it is also one of Bikaner most popular tourist attractions and is visited by a large number of tourists along with devotees. Soak in cleanness and admire the stunning architecture. Note that, like other Jain temples, leather goods are not allowed inside the temple.