Jain Temples of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Let's start with an honest disclaimer. Jaisalmer is full of myriad old and new Jain temples and at the end of your trip you will never remember them separately except they collectively represent the marvel of architecture and wax lyrical about one glorified episode of Indian history that is now buried under years of misguided education system that hero worships the fucking invaders.

All the Jain temples of Jaisalmer are dedicated to the twenty four different Tirthankars of Jainism. Yes, unless you are Devdutt Pattanaik or a UPSC aspirant you won't be able to remember all the names no matter how much of a kattar nationalist you are. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the absolutely magnificent sight each of them bears and your head will definitely bow down before the marble idols of the gurus who showed how to rebel in style when the material intricacies of system became more important than its esoteric value. Jainism is considered as a sub-sect of Hinduism but let's not forget Jainism was born to fight Brahmanism - a noteworthy deviation from Hinduism's sanatani or the Vedic/Vedantic practices.

I don't exactly remember how many Jain temples I visited; there are more than one within fort premises to begin with. But thanks to Google and my albeit anxiety ridden brain cells, here goes my journey down the memory lane. I hope you will enjoy the photo journal of an almost forgotten trip.

The Chandraprabhu Jain temple built in 1509 AD. This one is situated right inside the fort.



I tried really hard but I couldn't figure out which temple the following one is. This one could be either Parsvanath or Shantinath temple.



Because my dearest, beloved Hanuman Ji. <3

This one is located well outside the fort and it is called the Amar Sagar temple and it was built much later, in 1928 by some marchant. This temple is dedicated to Parsvanath Tirthankar.












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