Take a trip through Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, and you will find that it is dotted with temples, mosques and churches. Flowers of every religion blossom here, and reminds you of its syncretism which has been zealously preserved through the centuries. During your trip to Lucknow, places not to be missed are the Jain Temples. Some of the most famous temples in Lucknow are Lord Shantinath and Lord Padma Prabhu Temple, Lord Parshwanath Temple, Lord Sambhavnath Temple and other temples at Thakurganj and Daliganj.
Of these, the most famous temple is the Lord Sambhavnath Temple. Also known as Sobnath Temple, it is one of the most famous Jain temples in Lucknow. An excavation carried out at the site where the temple stands today revealed several idols believed to be that of the 24 Tirthankaras. The sanctum sanctorum is 10 by 10 ft in size. Inside, there are statues of various figures revered in Jainism. The major one among these is that of Bhagwan Rishabdev which is found on a flat stone and is found in a seated posture. On his two sides, there are carvings of lions, while in the center, there is a depiction of an ox. The Bhagwan is also surrounded by two Yakshas (attendees) who hold an umbrella over his head. It is believed that this idol is over a thousand years old. The flat stone also exhibits the idols of the remaining 23 Tirthankars.
Popular Nearby Tourist Attractions
There are a lot of places in Lucknow which provide you amazing options for sightseeing and exploration. If you are a lover of history and culture, then there are many places which may excite you. Here are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Lucknow which you should visit after exploring the Jain Temples.
- Charbagh Railway Station
- Vidhan Bhawan
- Gurudwara Yahiyaganj
- Sikandar Bagh
- National Botanical Research Institute
- La Martiniere
- Tombs of Saadat Ali Khan & Khurshid Zadi
- Shaheed Smarak
- Lord Hanuman Temples of Aliganj
Best Time to Visit
Of course, since they are religious structures, they can be visited throughout the year, keeping in mind the temple timings. However, they are located in the city of Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. During the summer season, it can get extremely hot here, with temperatures of 42°C not being uncommon.
If the heat is not a major turn off for you, you can definitely plan a trip to Lucknow during this time. If you prefer cool and pleasant weather, then the winter season is the best time to visit this place. The amicable weather acts as a perfect companion throughout the trip.
How to Reach?
These beautiful Jain temples are located in Lucknow, which is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh. It enjoys great connectivity by train, air and road not just to the cities located in close proximity, but to cities all over India. If you are looking for the best way of reaching it, here it is.
By Train:If you are arriving in Lucknow by train, you will have to get down at the Lucknow Junction Railway Station. This is the major railway station of the city and operates trains to all the major cities of India.
By Air: Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport is the airport in Lucknow which operates flights to all the major cities in India as well as those abroad. After landing at the airport, you can easily book a taxi or any other private vehicle to reach the particular Jain temple which you would like to visit.
By Road: Lucknow is well-connected by road to the other cities located close to it, as well as the major cities in India. Some of the cities which lie in close proximity to it are Jhansi (316 km), Agra (323 km), Kanpur (86 km) and Varanasi (280 km). While Kanpur and Jhansi are connected to it via NH 27, NH 30 connects Varanasi to Lucknow. Agra is connected to Lucknow via the Agra Lucknow Expressway.