How to join live darshan at Digambar Jain Lal Temple

Introduction of  Digambar Jain Lal Temple

The Digambar  temple was originally built in the year of 1658 and it was later enlarged and renovated in the early nineteenth century. It is said that a temporary structure to house a Jain temple was being permitted to be built during the Mughal period. The main deity was of Tirthankara Parshva. The temple then consisted of three marble idols that were kept under the supervision of a Jain officer who belonged to the Mughal Army.  

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information of  Digambar Jain Lal Temple

he temple is build-up of impressive red sand stone. It consists of a Manastambha column right in the front; a small courtyard that is being surrounded by a colonnade and the main devotional area on the first floor. In this temple there are a number of deities, the main deity is of Lord Mahavira who is considered to be the last Jain Tirthankara. This temple also contains the statue of Rishabhanatha, who is known to be the first Tirthankara, and that of Lord Parshvanath. live

Details of  Digambar Jain Lal Temple

Old Delhi was founded by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (1628–1658) who built what is commonly known as the old city or walled city, surrounded by a wall, with the main street Chandni Chowk in front of the Red Fort, the imperial residence. Shah Jahan invited several Agrawal Jain merchants to come and settle in the city and granted them some land south of the Chandani Chowk around Dariba Gali. l

According to Jain scholar Balbhadra Jain’s compendium of Digambar Jain shrines in India, the temple was constructed during the reign of the  emperor . Balbhadra Jain states that a Jain officer of the Mughal army is said to have kept a  statue in his tent for personal worship. The tent gradually started attracting other Jain army officers, and subsequently, a Jain temple was constructed at the site in 1656. 

At that time, the temple was also known as “Urdu temple” (because it was located in an area called “Urdu “) and “Lashkari Mandir” (laskhar means an army camp). Balbhadra Jain also mentions that there are several legends about the temple. One such legend claims that Shah Jahan’s successor  once ordered a ban on all musical instruments in the temple. However, miraculously, sounds of drums would be heard emanating from the temple despite inspections from the Mughal officers. Aurganzeb himself visited the temple to see the miracle, and finally, lifted the ban. live

How to reach Digambar Jain Temple

It is located just opposite the famous Red Fort. One can easily reach there through various modes of transport available. The nearest railway station is the Old Delhi Railway Station and the nearest airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport. A lot of local buses are also available to reach there. The interconnected metro network is also a good option to reach this place. One needs to get down at Chandni Chowk metro station and take a small walk to the temple.  live

Location of Lal  Temple:

The temple is located at the junction of Chandni Chowk and Netaji Subhash Marg, just opposite Red Fort. It can easily be seen from the road junction. 


Best Time to Visit the Temple:

Summer timings are from Holi to Diwali: 5:30 am to 11:30 am & 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Winter timings are from Diwali to Holi: 6:00 am to 12:00 pm & 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

In terms of months, the best time to visit Delhi is during winters, when the temperature is comfortable. Though December and January are quite cold months. During the festivals, Paryushana, Samvatsari, Deepawali and Jnaan Panchami, the temple is beautifully decorated and it is advisable to visit during the same. darshan.

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How to reach Lal Temple ?

 By Train:

The nearest station is Old Delhi Railway Station. Though there are several other railway stations like New Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, and Sarai Rohilla. All these stations are well connected to all the major cities through a rail network.

By Air:

The nearest airport is Delhi Airport. There are regular flights from all major cities to Delhi.

By Road: 

Delhi is well-connected to all major cities through a road network. There are bus services available that connect Delhi to major cities.

Within City:

The nearest metro stations are Lal Quila and Jama Masjid, located on the Violet line of Delhi Metro. Government-owned DTC and private buses are available.

FAQS of Lal  Temple


Q, 1: What is the Shri Digambar Jan Mandir at Delhi commonly known as?

Ans: Lal Mandir

Q. 2: When was the Lal Mandir constructed?

Ans: The Lal Mandir was constructed in the year 1656, during the rule of Shah Jahan

Q. 3: Why was the shikhar of the ‘Digambar Jain Lal Mandir’ temple built after 1947?

Ans: When the temple was built, the Mughal Emperors did not permit the construction of the temple-shikhar. It was built after 1947 after India gained Independence.

Q. 4: Who is the first Tirthankar of Jainism?

Ans: Rishabh Dev Ji, also known as Adinath

Q. 5: Which Jain monk had visited the Lal Mandir in 1931?

Ans: Acharya Shantisagar, the famous Digambar Jain Monk had visited the temple in 1931. . Over a history of eight centuries, he was the first Digambara Jain Monk to have visited Delhi.


Jain Lal Mandir is one of the holy places for Jains and is a great example of  architectural marvel.Certain rules that are implied on the visitors include   carrying any leather items inside the temple is not allowed and you need to deposit wallets, handbags, belts etc. before entering the premises . Photography is prohibited inside.

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