One of the most popular Jain temples in India, the Kanch Mandir in Indore literally translates to ‘temple of glass’. The temple is renowned for the several glass paintings and sculptures placed inside the temple. Dating back to the Holkar dynasty, the Kanch mandir was built in 1903 by one of India’s industrial pioneers, Seth Hukumchand Jain. It is believed that craftsmen were hired from Jaipur and Iran to construct this marvelous structure. The Kanch mandir is popular for its stunning architecture and grand celebrations held during Jain festivals.
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From the outside, the temple was built like a medieval mansion but as you move inside, you can see glass mosaics and carvings all across the ceiling, walls, floor and columns. Finally, when you reach the garbhagriha, the innermost sanctum of the temple, you can see idols of the Tirthankars flanked by mirrors.
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