Shree Jain Shwethambar Temple
A Jain Temple known as “Shree Jain Shwethambar” located in Kerala is said to have been constructed by members of “42 Jain families” belonging to the Kutch region in Gujarat. This “Jain” pilgrimage site is situated at the famous “Gujarati Street” in Alleppey in the Alappuzzha district. Historically speaking, this Jain temple was constructed during the rule of Dewan Raja Kesavadas in the 18th century. In addition, this temple is renowned for its architectural splendour. Furthermore, it has been constructed using Rajasthan stones and white marbles, and unlike many other Jain temples in the state the use of iron has been completely avoided.
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a. How to reach Jain Shwethambar Temple
Shree Jain Shwethambar Temple Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station is located in Alappuzha aka Alleppey itself. The Alappuzha Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple the ideal starting points would be Kottayam, Ernakulum, Thrissur and Kochi.
- Via Kottayam:
There are two routes from Kottayam to this temple, and they are via Kollam Theni Highway and SH11 and via SH40.
- Via Ernakulum:
There is one route from Ernakulum to this temple, and it is via NH66.
- Via Thrissur:
There is one route from Thrissur to this temple, and it is via NH66.
- Via Kochi:
There is one route from Kochi to this temple, and it is via NH66.
3. By air:
The nearest airport is located in Kochi. The Kochi International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
b. Religious significance of the Jain Shwethambar Temple
Although there is no mythological folklore attached to this temple it is renowned for its architectural brilliance. This temple has been constructed using “Rajasthan stones and white marbles”. In addition, it is also considered to be the only Jain temple in Kerala to avoid the use of iron during construction. Furthermore, it also does not possess a dome at the top. Within this temple the statutes of the four “Jain Tirthankaras” can be seen, and they have been placed in such a way that a devotee can view each one of them with relative ease. So for example the statute of the 12th Tirthankara Vasupujya Swami is placed at the centre of the temple, while to the right and left are placed the statutes of the 15th and 11th Tirthankaras i.e. Swami Dharmanath and Swami Shreyaansanatha. On the other hand the fourth statue belonging to the 23rd Tirthankara Parshvanatha Swami is located at the top floor of this temple which is also visible to the devotee.
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