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| Last Updated:: 12/09/2023









Jaisalmer nicknamed "The Golden city", is a city in Rajasthan, located 575 kilometres west of the state capital Jaipur. Once known as Jaisalmer state it is a World Heritage Site. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured.



Jaisalmer has been enriched by its Jain community, which has adorned the city with beautiful temples, notably the temples dedicated to the 16th Tirthankara, Shantinath, and 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvanath.



There are seven Jain temples in total which are situated within the Jaisalmer fort built during 12th and 15th centuries. Among these temples, the biggest is the Paraswanath Temple; the others are Chandraprabhu templeRishabdev templeShitalnath TempleKunthunath Temple, and Shantinath Temple. Known for their exquisite work of art and architecture that was predominant in the medieval era the temples are built out of yellow sandstone and have intricate engravings on them.



Chandraprabhu temple dedicated to the eighth tirthankar is the first temple to be entered. It was built in 1509 and features fine sculpture in the mandapa, the intensely sculpted pillars of which form a series of toranas. To the right of Chandraprabhu is the tranquil Rishabdev temple, with fine sculptures around the walls, protected by glass cabinets and pillars beautifully sculpted with apsaras (Celestial ladies) and gods.



Behind Chandraprabhu temple is Parsvanath temple and is dedicated to Jain tirthankar Sri Parsvanath. The walls of this exquisite shrine are carved with the engravings of animals and humans. The dome of the temple is adorned by an Amalak and a beautiful water vase that contains a lotus. The idol of Parshvanath lies within the inner region of the temple. This idol is built out of black stone having multiple hoods in the shape of serpents. 



A door to the south leads to small Shitalnath, dedicated to the 10th tirthankar, whose image is composed of eight precious metals. A door in the northern wall leads to the enchanting, dim chamber of Sambhavanth. Kunthanath Temple is the most famous of seven temples in the fort complex. The Kunthanath temple is almost a replica of the temple in Hastinapur, which is the birthplace of Lord Kunthanath. The architecture and intricate carvings of the temple is the main draw here. 



This complex also has a Gyan Bhandar Library which is the best place to get rare manuscripts in India.




Lakshminath Temple



The Laxminath Temple of inside the Jaisalmer Fort was built in 1494 and is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.



The temple is considered to be one of the oldest temples of Jaisalmer. Its pillars were brought in the 9th century from Lodarva. The deities of the temple were installed by Sen Pal Shakdvipi. Other than the main deities, the temple exhibits paintings and idols of other gods. This temple however has a simple architecture, but it has been smartly ornamented; silver framework in the façade was executed to add more charm.




There are many pilgrimage centres around Jaisalmer such as Lodhruva (Lodarva), Amarsagar, Brahmsar and Pokharan.