Shri Digamber Jain Lal Mandir
Introduction: A beautiful red sandstone building standing opposite to red fort, Digamber jain mandir which is also popularly known as Lal mandir. Temple houses many shrines and the main shrine is dedicated to Bhagwan Mahavira. He was the twenty-fourth and the last Tirthankara of the Jain religion. While entering one can see a Manastambha column standing in the front gate of the temple. Not only for religion purposes, this temple is well known for housing bird’s hospital in the Mandir compound. Hospital is run by a trust Shri Aggarwal Digambar Jain panchayat, Delhi. Free treatment is given here which spreads the message of ‘Live and let Live’ given by Lord Mahavira. There are separate wards in the hospital for birds and animals. Many people bring the birds that are wounded by ceiling fans, kite threads or any other possible reason. First the patient goes to the intensive care unit and then transferred to the general wards and once it declares to be fit then he will be released on nearest Sunday.
This is an undoubtedly very famous temple of the Jain religion. Not only beautiful and famous this place is very peaceful too. Many of the trader and and shopkeepers go to the temple daily after the hustle bustle of the market and the soothing ambiance gives them relief. There is also a bookstore outside the temple gate where a large variety of Jain literature and souvenirs related to the religion is available.
History: Temple was built in 1656 date back to the time of Aurangzeb’s reign. Temple locally known as Lal Mandir and it is the oldest temple of Digambar Jain religion in Delhi. The trust “Shri Aggarwal Digambar Jain panchayat, Delhi” was founded in 1956. Red sandstone is used in construction and was enlarged in the mid 19th century.
Address: Opposite Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Delhi-110006
Nearest metro station: Chandni chowk
Celebrations: Mahavir jayanti, Paryushana, Samvatsari, Diwali and Jnaan panchami
Contact no.: 011-23280942