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Jal mandir, Pawapuri

This temple marks the spot where the mortal remains of Lord Mahavira was cremated

The Jal Mandir (literally water temple) marks the spot where Lord Mahavira was cremated. It is said that there was such a huge demand for ashes from his funeral pyre that Jal mandir as the name suggests is a temple in the middle of a lake blooming with lotuses. The main deity of the beautiful temple is a very old “Charan Paduka” of Lord Mahavira. It marks the spot where the mortal remains of Lord Mahavira was cremated. It is believed that this temple was built by King Nandivardhan, elder brother of Lord Mahavira. Jal Mandir is built in the shape of “Vimana” and there is a stone bridge about 600 feet in length across it from the bank to the temple.

According to the legend, the concourse of the people who attended the funeral ceremony of Lord Mahavira, was so large that the mere act of their taking a pinch of ashes created such a big hollow over the place that it transformed into present tank.

A large amount of soil was removed from the area, creating a huge hollow that today is the water tank. Raja Nandi Vardhan, the elder brother of Lord Mahavira, built a temple at the spot, which has been renovated from time to time. The present structure is made of marble and surrounded by an enormous tank packed with lotuses. The temple is approachable through a 600-feet-long bridge made of red sandstone. Inside the temple, there are footprints of Lord Mahavira and his disciples.


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