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Naliya, Gujarat, India

Naliya Jain Temple

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Complex Artistry and Carvings

Naliya Jain Temple, also known as Shwetamber Jain Tirth, is a beautiful Jain temple complex boasting complex artistry and carvings. It is located in the Kutch district of Gujarat.

The large temple has 16 grand shikharas (spires) in Nagara style, which offsets consisting of clusters of half-spires and corner spires, and 14 mandapas (pavilions) with pyramid roofs.

section of smaller marble temples within the naliya jain temple complex

In the compound of this temple, there are temples of Shantinath and of Astapad. The beautiful carving on the stones and glass work of this temple are famous for its special workmanship.

The main deity is about 30 inches high, which is a white colored idol of Chandraprabhu (one of the Jain Tirthankars) in the Padmasana posture.

Sheer Grandeur

It was built by Narsi Natha and consecrated in 1840. It holds major importance in the Abdasa panchtirthi of Kachchh–Bhuj. Apart from its sheer grandeur, the temple is famous for the exquisite quality of its construction and icons and their carving, its gold inlay work in stone as well as its glass work. In the same precinct there are three other temples.

sun setting over the naliya jain temple marble construction

The best time to visit Naliya and the Rann of Kutch is during the winter months, from October to March. This period offers pleasant weather for outdoor activities and is when the Rann Festival is held, showcasing the vibrant culture, music, and crafts of the local Kutchi people. Summers can be scorching, and monsoons bring water to the salt flats, making access more challenging.

Getting There

location_cityState & Capital - Gandhinagar, Gujarat

flightBhuj Airport - 90 Kilometers

directions_carBhuj - 93 Kilometers via Bhuj-Naliya Hwy

trainNaliya Railway Station - Within Town Limits

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