Ahmedabad – Part IV: The Hutheesing Jain Temple

This remarkably elegant temple is created out of white marble. It was built in 1848 AD at an estimated cost of 8 lakh rupees, a major sum at that period. The construction of the temple was initiated by Shet Hutheesing Kesarising, a wealthy Ahmedabad trader. The construction was supervised and completed by his wife Shethani Harkunvar after the untimely death of her husband. The temple is dedicated to Dharmanatha, the fifteenth Jain Tirthankara. The temple was built during a severe famine in Gujarat. By employing hundreds of skilled artisans the construction supported them for a period of two years during this famine.

The Hutheesing Jain temple is spread over a sprawling courtyard, a mandapa surrounded by a large ridged dome, which is supported by 12 ornate pillars. The main shrine on the east end reaches up into three stunningly carved spires and is encircled by 52 smaller shrines dedicated to the various Tirthankaras. The front is exquisitely ornamented by a dome shaped structure. The architect of the temple was Premchand Salat.

The pictures below are from the exterior of the temple. Photography inside the temple is prohibited.

Hutheesing Jain Temple
Hutheesing Jain Temple
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings
Details of the carvings

The outer courtyard of the temple is flanked by a recently built 78 feet Mahavir stambha (tower) fashioned after the renowned tower of Chittor in Rajasthan.

The Mahavir stambha (tower) inside the temple courtyard
The Mahavir stambha (tower) inside the temple courtyard
Another view of the tower
Another view of the tower
Tower details
Tower details
The door of the tower
The door of the tower
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