Bhagavan Sheetalnathji jain Mandir Kolkata
Bhagavan Sheetalnathji Jain temple Kolkata
Sheetalnathji.Jain temple or Shri Badrinath Jain Swetambar jain Mandir is
located at Sham Bazaar of the Kolkata city, West Bengal. Sheetalnathji’s temple
situated in a quiet lane off Raja Dinendra Street in Maniktala
The temple is run by a private trust, the trustees of which are descendants of Rai Budree Das
Bahadur, who was jeweller to the viceroy.
Shri Badrinath Jain Svetambar Mandir is a large, splendid and pinnacled
temple of Bhagawan Shitalanath. It is wonderful and very
artistic temple. This temple is also known as the beauty of Bengal. The principal
shikhara or spire of the main temple towers above the crenellated walls.
A plaque on the gate reads: Shree Sheetalnathji. Temple and garden founded by
Rai Budree Das Bahadur, Mukim to HE, The Viceroy, 1867. Next to it is a woman
with golden hair on a giant tile. She wears a pleated two-tiered gown holding
a flaming torch and standing amid the moon and stars. Hundreds of people visit the temple every day.
The actual temple is single-storeyed and is flanked by two elephants
and their mahouts sitting astride. In front of it is a marble statue of the founder of
the temple mentioned in the plaque. His hands are folded in a namaste. It was erected in
1910. Most of the coloured glass used for the mosaic on the shikharas has disappeared, leaving behind scars.
There is no place in the whole of the temple where the artist has not
shown a glimpse of his art. There are no words to describe the sculpture of this temple. Different sculptures have given different
definition of the artistry of this temple. The building of this artist temple, the architects of the temple have glorified not
only the Jain religion but also Bengal.This temple is managed by Shri
Badrinath Jain Swetambar Mandir Pedhi, 36 Badridas Temple Street, Manakatala, Calcutta- 700 004, West Bengal, India.