Jain Pilgrimages in Uttarakhand
Pilgrimages to Uttarakhand are conducted every year not only by residents of India but from those in foreign countries as well. Spirituality blends beautifully with the sylvan surroundings of nature that Uttarakhand is blessed bountifully.
If the Divine can be found in Nature, then this is the state that can take pilgrims closest to divinity, what with its majestic Himalayan peaks that look down benignly on the devout, roaring waterfalls, pristine meadows, sparkling lakes, verdant valleys, and awe-inspiring glaciers.
There are many Jain temples and pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand. One of the prominent temples located in Dehradun, Digambar Jain Temple, attracts a large number of devotees. Other popular pilgrimage sites are Shri Digambar Jain Panchayati Mandir (Mussoorie), Digambar Jain Temple (Haridwar),
Mahaveer Digamber Jain Temple (Haridwar), Shri 1008 Parshvanath Digambar Jain Mandir (Rishikesh), Jain Mandir (Roorkee), Digambar Jain Temple (Nainital) and more.
Many followers of Jain religion also visit Uttarakhand for the famous Jain Teerth at Shri Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra, Ashtapad Badrinath. Shri Chintamani Parshwanath Jain Shwetambar Mandir, located in Haridwar attracts a large number of Jain devotees as well. The tirth came up in the 90s and the desire to have a dedicated Jain Temple in the Holy City, Haridwar was fulfilled. Jain temples in Uttarakhand are known for their grandeur. The massive temples are made up of marble and showcase intricate carving work. The idols are beautiful and usually made up of shining, black granite. People visiting these temples enjoy a sense of peace and tranquility.