Monday, February 17, 2014

Chandraprabhu Swamy Temple, Sowcarpet, Chennai

The architectural inspiration of Chandraprabhu Swamy Temple at Mint treet, Sowcarpet, Chennai was derived from the Dilwara temples near Mt. Abu in Rajasthan.

Name: Chandraprabhu Swamy Temple aka Naya Jain Mandir

Category: Jain Temple

Location: 345, Mint Street. Sowcarpet, Chennai - 600079. Tamil Nadu, India.

Dedicated to: Chandraprabhu Swamy, the eight Jain Tirthankar.

Architecture: White marble Jain temple (built with the lime-and-soapstone and marble). This temple draws its architectural inspiration from the Dilwara temples near Mt. Abu in Rajasthan, India. Present temple is new. Previously in the same site was housing one of the oldest Jain temples of Chennai known as 'Swetambar Jain Temple.' The temple is located on an elevated plinth at the present site.

The main shrine has the marble idols of Chandraprabhu Swamy, the eight Jain Tirthankar (Jain holy teacher- 24 Tirthankaras are considered to be the creator of Jain religion) along with two disciples on his either sides. On the left side of the main shrine there is an image of Parshvanatha, the 23rd Tirthankara, while on the right side of the main shrine an idol of Adinath, the 1st Tirthankara, has been positioned. The temple also houses idols of minor Jain deities including Vijaya Yaksha, Vasupoojya Swamu,Muniswartha Swamu, Mallinath, Seemandhar Swamy, Jwala Devi, Padmavathy and Main Bhadra. The circumbulatory corridor also houses few Hindu deities. The temple also provide meditation hall (dhyam mandapa) in the basement.

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