Saturday, October 5, 2019

Jain Temple

Open:  5:00 AM - 12:00 PM
            4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
            For visitors: 11 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Gujarati Road, Mattanchery, Kochi
Entry is free
Photography is not allowed inside the temple
Decent and respectable dressing is required to enter the temple.
Footwear should be left outside.
Visitors are not permitted to carry any type of baggage inside the temple, hence can leave it at the office room.
Ladies in their menstrual cycles are strictly prohibited from entering the temple

Kochi had been a major spice trade center from the 14th century which attracted many communities. The Jain community from Gujarat and Rajasthan is one such community which later settled in this part of the city. The Jain temple located in Mattanchery around half a km from Jew street and Mattanchery palace was built in 1960, dedicated to Lord Dharmanath, the 15th Jain Tirthankara and a few other Tirthankaras as well. Presently the temple is managed by Shri Cochin Swetamber Murtipujak Jain Sangh. This beautifully built temple has several rooms for offering prayers which are held regularly. These rooms provide a very peaceful atmosphere. Additionally, there are four AC restrooms known as Lalan Athithi Grih in the complex provided by the temple authority where visitors can relax and take rest, but it is subject to availability.
The temple is very popular for its practice of feeding around 20kg of grains to hundreds of pigeons daily around 12-12:30 pm. It is a divine sight to watch the pigeons make 'pradakshina' (circling the temple as a mark of respect to the deity) of the temple while the prayers are offered before feeding. Hence the best time for visiting the temple is during this time. The visitors can also feed the pigeons from off their hands which offers quite an enthralling experience.


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