There are two important Jain temples in the Chandi Bazaar area of Jamnagar – Shantinath temple and Adinath temple. These temples were built between 1574 and 1622 and hold religious as well as historical value. Adinath, originally called Rishabhanatha, is said to be the first Jain Tirthanker. The word Adinath can be interpreted as 'the first world teacher'. Story of Adinath is presented inside the temple in the form of colourful and beautiful paintings. Vibrant colours such as pink, orange, yellow and green have been used to brighten up the people, flowers, gods and objects displayed in each frame of story. Though the colours have faded with the passage of time, the place retains its meditative and spiritual environment intact. There are 52 small temples which are built around the primary structure.
From the outside, the shrine of Adinath looks grand yet tranquil, humble yet beautiful. Intricate work which adore the pillars, ceilings and walls of the temple showcase the hard work of the artisans.
Popular Places Close to Adinath Mandir
1. Places in Jamnagar City:
2. Khijadia Bird Sanctuary is situated at a distance of around 14 km and hosts hundreds of local and migratory birds; a true heaven for all bird lovers. Best time to visit is between October to March.
3. Narara Marine National Park is about 55 km away and presents a wonderful opportunity to see corals as the tide ebbs at the shore.
How to Reach Adinath Mandir?
You can get local transport from Jamnagar city to reach the Jain temple. You can reach Jamnagar:
By Bus: State and private buses from many Gujarati cities (like Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Surat, Dwarka, Bhuj) can take you to Jamnagar.
By Train: Daily trains via Western Railways directly connect Ahmedabad with Jamnagar. There are also weekly or biweekly trains to Jamnagar from major cities of India.
By Air: Jamnagar Airport is about 8 km from city and has regular flights to and from Mumbai.