Pareshnath Jain Temple
Pareshnath Jain Temple was built by Ray Badridas Bahadur in 1867. He was a connoisseur of art. It is one of the main tourist attractions of Calcutta. Hundreds of tourists and local people come everyday to see its beauty and experience the solemn environment.
There are four temples here. The main temple is dedicated to the 10th Jain Avtaar (incarnation of God) Sri Sital Nath Ji. The gateway of the temple is a pleasant spectacle to behold.
An arboretum embellishes the place along with many effigys. There is a small stream which has an array of flowers on all sides. In the north, is the greeting room and a museum. One can reach the veranda of the temple by climbing thirteen marble stairs.
Here is a lamp which burns with ghee and is never extinguished. On the south of the temple of Sri SitalaNath Ji stands the temple of Sri Chanda Prabhujidev. Ganeshlal Kapoorchand Jahar constructed it in 1895. There is another temple towards the right where Dadaji Garu and Kushalji Maharaj are worshipped. The 4th temple towards the north, belongs to Mahavira the last guru of the Jains.
Main Jain temple is the Paryushan celebrated in Bhadrav month. Jains observe ahimsa, listen to recitations of scriptures of worship and perform charitable deeds. Last day of festival is called samvatsari.
Structure of the Temple
Its structure has mirror-inlay pillars, the windows made of stained glass and the marble floors has a floral design. Its garden has blocks of glass mosaics and European statues, painted with silver paint.
Timing 6.00 A.M.-11.00 A.M.& 3.00 P.M.-7.00 P.M. (Everday)
Situated in the north-east of the city, this temple is an ornate mass of mirrors, coloured stones and glass mosiac, and overlooks a beautiful garden.