Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is the oldest and best-known Jain temple in Delhi, India. Located just opposite the massive Red Fort at the intersection of Netaji Subhas Marg and Chandni Chowk, this oldest Jain temple was built in 1658. Till the date, the temple has undergone many alterations and additions in the past and the expansion was done in the early 19th century. Currently, it is popularly known as Lal Mandir "Red Temple".
This temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanath, the 23rd Tirthankara of Jainism. The entire temple is constructed in red sandstone and therefore appears red in color duly reflected in its name ‘Lal Mandir’.
An Inside Glimpse of the Temple:
The visitors to the temple are welcomed by the Manastambha column at the entrance. The first hall features the primary hall of worship. The three shrines of the temple are dedicated to Lord Adinath, Lord Parashvanath and Lord Mahavir, the first, twenty third and twenty forth Tirthankara’s respectively. Featuring a calm and serene aura, this holy place attracts pilgrims in big numbers from all over the world.
The Mysterious Miracle
There is an interesting story associated to the history of Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir. It was a custom in this temple to play several musical instruments and nagara drums. Since this sound disturbedemperor Aurangzeb, this custom of playing of the musical instruments was stopped. Even after that, the emperor continuously heard the sound of the instruments. Later, the emperor found that all the instruments were playing themselves. This mystery is yet to be revealed to this day.
Timings of the Temple:
(Summer Timing): 5:30 am to 11:30 am & 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
(Winter Timing): 6:00 am to 12:00 pm & 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Date established: 1658
Address: Chandni Chowk, Opposite Red Fort, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
Phone: 011 2328 0942
How to Reach
The nearest metro station is the Lal Quila (Meganta Line).
Interesting facts about Digambar Jain Lal Mandir:
- Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib: Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, is one of the nine historical gurdwaras in Delhi. Constructed in 1783 by Baghel Singh, the idea behind the inception is to commemorate the martyrdom site the 9th Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur.
- Chhatarpur Temple: Chhatarpur Temple originally known as Chhatarpur Shri Adhya Katyani Shakti Peeth Mandir.Dedicated to Goddess, Katyayani, this temple is the second largest temple complex in India.
- Hanuman Mandir: Locaed at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place, New Delhi, this temple is believed to be the oldest Hanuman Temple of India. It is an ancient Hindu temple and is claimed to be one of the five temples of Mahabharata days in Delhi.
- Jhandewalan Mandir: Dedicated to Maa Aadi Shakti, this temple is located on Jhandewalan Road on the way to Karol Bagh, Delhi. The name Jhandewalan was given during Shah Jahan’s reign, due to the prayer flags or ‘jhandas’ being offered. Aadi Shakti Ma Jhandewali is incarnate of Maa Durga that preserves moral order and righteousness in the creation.