Sri Digambar jain Lal Mandir is located opposite Red Fort, Old Delhi It was built n 1658 A.D. The temple is dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankara, Parashvanath.
The temple houses a Birds Charity Hospital. Sri Digambara Jain Lal Mandir is one of the Delhi's oldest temple
dates back to the time of Mugal emperor Aurangzeb's reign. It is situated right opposite the Red Fort, at the entrance of the main road. In
the adjoining lies the noisy and chaotic main street of Chandni Chowk.
The Architecture of the temple boast detailed carvings, and decorative paintwork in the ante-chambers that
surrounding the main shrine to the Parshvanath, the twenty-third tirthankara.
Mughal Emperor Jahangir once invited several Jain seth (businessmen) to come and
settle in the city and granted them some land south of the Chandani Chauk around Dariba Gali. He also permitted them to build a temporary
structure to house a Jain temple. The Jain community acquired three marble idols installed by Jivaraj Papriwal
under the supervision of Bhattaraka Jinachandra in Samvat 1548 (1491 AD) for the temple.The main idol is that of Tirthankara Parshva.
It is said that the deities in temple were originally kept in a tent belonging to a Jain officer of the Mughal army.
During the Mughal period, the construction of a sikhara for a temple was not permitted. This temple did not have a formal
shikara until after India's independence when the temple was extensively rebuilt.
In 1800-1807, Raja Harsukh Rai , the imperial treasurer obtained imperial permission to build a temple with a sikhara
in the Jain neighborhood of Dharamapura, just south of Chandani Chauk. Thus temple, known for fine carvings, is now known as the Naya Mandir "New Temple".
A manastambha column stands in front of the temple. The main devotional area of the temple is on the first floor. It is
reached by ascending to the terrace after crossing the small courtyard of the temple, surrounded by a colonnade. The temple is quite popular
among the people as devotees come and make offerings such as fruits, grains, rice and even candles. The place is very peaceful and the ambience is really soothing especially due to the shining of the gilded
paintwork of the shrine area under the lights of butter lamps and candles.
In 1931 Acharya Shantisagar arrived in Delhi. He was the first Digambar Jain monk to visit Delhi after a gap of eight centuries. There is a memorial marking this historical occasion.
There is also a bookstore in the complex where a wide range of literatures on Jainism is available, apart from unique curios and souvenirs related to the religion. Visitors should take off their shoes
and all other leather goods and hand it to the concerned person before entering the temple complex.
. The Bird's Charity Hospital:
The temple premises house a unique medical center for birds, the Birds' Charity Hospital. Free treatment is given here, which draws inspiration from
the message of 'Live and let Live' given by Lord Mahavir, the twenty-fourth
Tirthankara of the Jains. It serves as a rescue sanctuary for partridges, caught and wounded by fowlers
and bought in bulk by Jain merchants who bring them here to recover, and there are separate wards for pigeons, parrots, sparrows and domestic
fowl. Squirrels, who will not hurt the birds, are also treated here, but birds of prey are seen on a strictly outpatient basis, as they are not vegetarian.
The Temple is managed by Shree Agarwala Digambar Jain Panchyat Trust.
DIGAMBAR JAIN TEMPLES IN DELHI
1. Sh. Digambar Jain Ahinsa Mandir
1, Ansari Road, Dariya Ganj, Delhi-02
2. Sh. Digambar Jain Munisubaratnath Mandir
Jain Bal Ashram, Darya Gunj, Delhi-02 ;
3. Sh. Digambar Jain Mandir
7/33 Ansari Road Dariya Gunj, Delhi-02
4. Jain Mahila Ashram, Ghata Masjid, Darya Gunj, Delhi-02
5. Sh. Digambar Jain Mandir
Lodi Colony, Behind Police Station, Delhi-03
6. Sh Digambar Jain Mandir
Modal Basti, New colony, Delhi-05
7. Sh. Digambar Jain Mandir
Dev Nagar, New Delhi-05
8. Sh. Digambar Jain Mandir
Chapparwala Chowk, Karol Bagh, Delhi-05
9. Sh. Jain Mandir
Ahimsa Bhawan, Sankar Road, Delhi-60
Phone: - 25811749
10. Sh. Digambar Jain Mandir
5C/29, New Rohtak Road, New Delhi-05
11. Sh. Digambar Jain Mandir
Gali Inder Wali, Bazar Sitaram, New Delhi-06
12. Sh. Digambar Jain Lal Mandir
Chandani Chowk, Delhi-06
13. Sh. Digambar Jain Bada (Big) Mandir
Kuncha Seth, Dariba Kalan, Delhi-06
14. Sh. Digambar Jain Chota (Small) Mandir
1541, Kuncha Seth, Dariba Kalan, Delhi-06
15. Sh. Digambar Jain Mandir
Satghara, Dharampura, Delhi-06
16. Sh. Digambar Jain Naya Mandir
25/5, Dharampura, Delhi-06
17. Sh. Digambar Jain Maher Mandir
3018, Masjid Khajur, Dharampura, Delhi-06