Jal Mandir, Pawapuri Overview

Located in Pawapuri, the Jalmandir is dedicated to Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara, and is a very important pilgrimage destination for the Jains. This place is the same site where Lord Mahavira was cremated after he attained moksha in 527 BC.

Standing true to its name, Jal Mandir is completely surrounded by water on all four sides and is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Bihar. The temple is built in the form of a chariot with white marbles and has a footprint of Lord Mahavira. The temple is connected to the bank by a long bridge, through which it can be accessed.

6 AM to 12 PM & 3 PM to 9 PM

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Historical Facts:
- Jal Mandir was constructed originally by the elder brother of Lord Mahavira, King Nandivardhan amidst the pond filled with Lotus flowers.
- Jal Mandir is one of the 5 temples in Pawapuri, where the footprint of Lord Mahavira is deified.
- Lord Mahavira was originally a prince of the Magadha Kingdom, which was then known as “Pawapuri” or “Madhyama Pawa”. At the age of 30, he became an ascetic.
- During Chaturmas and between the months of Āṣārh (22 June To 22 July) and Kartik (October/November), the Jain nuns and monks stay at one sacred place and preach the teachings of the religion to the local people.

- Translating to "Temple In Water" in English, Jal Mandir is made of white marble and set within a water tank, which measures around 84 Bigha.
- The water surrounding the temple is covered with beautiful lotuses with the chariot-shaped temple sitting in the middle. The water is home to many fish that are fed by the devotees and priests of the temple.
- The temple is connected to the bank of the water tank by a 600 feet long stone bridge.
- During moonlit nights, Jal Mandir shines brightly offering a breathtaking sight to behold.

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