Mathura is a sacred place not only for Hindus but also for Jains. The Jain Chaurasi Temple is a proof. The temple was built by Mathura Jain Samaj in the memory of Jambu Swami, who attained nirvana here. It is dedicated to 2nd Tirthankara – Ajitnath, and it is a siddha kshetra (place of salvation).
Mathura Jain Chaurasi Temple, or Antim Kevali Shri 1008 Jambu Swami Nirvan Sthal Digamber Jain Mandir, is one of the few places of worship for the Jains in Mathura.
The temple is built across a wide expanse of land near a forest, on the banks of River Yamuna. It has a big hall which can hold up to 500 people during the rituals.
History of Mathura Jain Chaurasi
Jambu Swami is the last Kevali (omniscient being), after Mahavira, in Jain tradition. He is believed to have attained moksha at 84, while in Mathura. Thus, the place came to be known as Chaurasi (84, in Hindi) and the temple became popular as Mathura Chaurasi Jain Mandir.
Things to do at Mathura Jain Chaurasi Mandir
The main deity of Jain Chaurasi Mathura is Tirthankar Ajitnath, the 2nd tirthankar. His idol is made of white stone, which was discovered during a land excavation in Gwalior. After Jambu Swami attained nirvana, his charan was obtained and placed along with the deity.
The temple walls have colourful paintings and inscriptions belonging to Jain culture and art. The surrounding beautiful garden also adds magnificence to the temple.
Apart from the statue of Ajitnath Bhagwan and the charan of Jambu Swami, Jain Chorasi Mandir also has shrines of Neminath, Parasnath and Mahavir Bhagwan. The statues of first Kevali Bahubali and the last Kevali Jambu Swami, too, adorn the temple.
You can also book a stay in Mathura Chaurasi Digambar Jain Mandir. It has rest rooms with modern amenities to cater to the needs of the pilgrims.
Image Gallery of Mathura Jain Chorasi
Mathura Jain Chaurasi Timings and Entry Fee
Jain Chaurasi Temple in Mathura is open every day, from 6 AM to 9.30 PM. And you don’t need to pay any entry fee to visit the temple. You can go there any time of the day and spend an hour or two in a peaceful environment.
The best time to visit Mathura Jain Chorasi Temple is in winter. It starts around October and lasts till March. The weather is ideal for sightseeing and exploring the temple for as long as you want. The months of December and January are the coldest though. So, if you don’t like extreme cold, you can avoid planning your trip during those months.
How to reach Mathura Chaurasi Digambar Jain Temple?
Jain Chorasi Temple is on the outskirts of Mathura, on Delhi-Mathura highway. It is about 3 km away from Mathura bus stop and about 5 km away from Mathura Junction railway station. The nearest airports are Agra Airport (60 km) and Delhi International Airport (170 km).
And following are the different ways to reach Mathura Jain Chorasi –
By bus – You can take buses going towards Vrindavan and visit Jain Chorasi Temple. Get off on the highway, near Govardhan Chauraha (about 1 km away from the temple) and take an auto or taxi.
By auto – Auto-rickshaws and e-rickshaws are also available to Jain Chorasi from Mathura. They take only a few minutes from the city centre to the temple.
By taxi/cab – You can also take taxis and full-day cabs from top car rental companies in Mathura-Vrindavan to reach the temple. They're available all over Mathura and around. You can hire one for the day and spend as much time exploring the temple and other places around.
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