Jain Temples inside the Jaisalmer Fort

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A view of palace from the entrance of Jaisalmer Fort
If there is worth visiting place inside the Jaisalmer Fort, are Jain Temples. It is an unique example of archietecture one can enjoy to visit Jain Temples. Jain Temples complex of seven temples in one place. All the related with the Jain Prophets. As Parshavanath, Sambhavanath, Shantinath, Asthaprabhu, Chandraprabhu and Adinath.

The Adinath temple is the last one constructed in the series of Jain Temple.

As the business of Jaisalmer hold by Jain Community. As the Jain people are financier to the King and they requested to the Jaisalmer King to construct their sacred temple in the Fort of Jaisalmer. The King of Jaisalmer allowed them with condition that Jain Community will construct the protection wall of Jaisalmer Fort.
Rang Pol or Wind Gate, it is the last gate inside of Jaisalmer Fort

In 15th century the Jain Temples inside the Fort were founded.

Architecture is a frozen music and poetry in stone can be seen in these Jain Temples. Many statues are there near about 6666 statues are as an art gallery presentation. The oldest one statue of Parshavanath, the main temple as the entrance attractive with the stone gate, it called "Toran Dwar".

When we visit inside the Jain Temples facing panorama view of the temples.  Peace and Calm surrounding their temples.

As in the western countries there is catholic and protestant and in our country India there is Hinduism and Jainism. Jainism is a reformative sact against Hinduism.

As meaning of Jain, the derivation of the word Jain to conquer himself . The 24th prophet Mahaveer, it is easy to conquer thousands of men in battelfield but it is difficult to win ourself.

There are five main principals in Jainism, Truth,non violence, not to steal, not to collective and the last one is celebacy which is only for the monk of Jainism, these are welfare to the society.

Jains are staunch follower of non-violence so they avoided killing of any living creature. They are vegetarians.

All the prophet, as they were twenty four preached to follow the path of welfare of society.

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Suraj Pol or second gate inside the Jaisalmer Fort
It was 1156AD, the king Jaisal Singh searching for safe and secure place , he founded a triangular mountain , it was perfect to construct his capital. As he was suggested by a monk "Isha" to indicate a legendary well which was dug by Lord Krishna for thirsty Arjuna. He predicted that in the future Lord Krishnas descendant will construct the fort here.

King Jaisal Singh was from Lunar Dynasty.

Though the situation of Jaisalmer was very harsh and difficult for human being. Because in this area there were no vegetation and facility of human life to survive, so it is poverbial saying to who one visit the Jaisalmer,

"Ghora kije kath ka, pind kije pashan, vastra kije loh ka , tab dekho Jaisan"

If some one provided a wooden horse and have his body so hard like a stone and he dresses with clothes of iron, after having this possibilities one can succeded to visit the Jaisalmer.
A view of Jaisalmer Fort from the entrance of the Fort

In sanskrit mountain is called "Mer" so our city called "Jaisalmer"

As the whole fort constructed by yellow sand stones which glittering like gold, so Jaisalmer fort is called "Golden Fort".

As there are so many forts in India, our Jaisalmer Fort is unique. So a poverbial saying

"Garh Delhi Garh Agra, Adhgarh Bikaner, bhalo chunayo Bhatio, sire jo Jaisalmer"

It means "As there is Fort of Delhi and Agra and half fort at Bikaner, we are thankfull of Bhati prince(descendants of Lord Krishna) who constructed so beautiful fort in the Desert, It is Jaisalmer".

As this fort constructed on the triangular hill so in one side there are 33 bastions and two more sides there are 33 bastions each so Jaisalmer Fort has 99 bastion.
Jaisalmer Fort

The fort in Sanskrit language it called Durg, the derivation of Durg means , "Du" stands for difficult and G stand for Go, so it is difficult to enter in the Fort so it called "Durg"

From the first gate we cannot look over the second gate as soon as we get the second gate, first and third gate disappeared from our sight, it is perplexing entrance to approach into the Fort.

The whole Fort constructed by the Kings generation and took 500years in complete.

It is only living Fort in India, inhabitants are still living inside the Jaisalmer Fort with the palaces and residence of courtiers of King and the service class in the one side. The advisers are in two sides of Fort.

Coincidently the situation of Jaisalmer proved as a dry port and started business of precious stones and spices  imported from the south and exported to the abroad by sea port Karachi.
Jaisalmer Fort
Karachi imported things from Egypts and Arabian Countries as silk.

Business of Jaisalmer attracted to the Jain people from the rest of country. Jains were landing money and were as a financier to the king of Jaisalmer. By the grace of the king , it allowed them to construct Jain Temples in the southern site of Jaisalmer Fort.

In the Fort there are seven water wells,  two and three were using by the inhabitants.

So it is a small introduction of our Jaisalmer Fort to you. Hope you like and if you like to make question, it is welcome.

Thank you.
sfauthor says:

Nice posting. Do you know about these Sanskrit books?


Posted on: Sep 05, 2009
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