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According to the Jaina Bhagavati-Sutra, the place existed as early as 5th century and was one of the 16 Mahajanapadas of its time. It is believed that Purulia was a part of the country known as Vajra-bhumi, in ancient times. History manifests itself in the built heritage of Purulia. Palaces and temples reflect the royal past. The classic architectural splendours primarily constitute of temples of Jain origin and design. The vast treasure house of sculpture and carvings showcase excellent creativity and craftman-ship of the artisans.

The district of Murshidabad has a plenty of Jain architecture most of which are built in the eighteenth century. Jain Temples are believed to have Blossomed in Musrdhidabad with Jain migration in Murshidabad during the Nawabs under the Mughals. Nawab Mursheed Coolie Khan established the city of Murshidabad in the seventeenth century. Jagat Seth Manikchand Gelda of Jain community came along with Nawab Mursheed coolie Khan to live in. Some other Jain families from Rajasthan came following him and started residing near Murshidabad to capitalize the great business market of Murshidabad then. The region contributed 5% of the world’s GDP in the early 18th century becoming renowned bankers and financiers of the ruling Nawabs.

The Shwetambar Jain Temple
The temple is dedicated to Parshwanath, who was the 23rd Jain Tirthankar, and this is one of the most important Jain temples in Kolkata. The place is famous all over that is why devout Jains from distant parts of India flock to the Temple precincts al round the year. The temple consists of four temples inside of it. The deity of Lord Shitalnathji is seated in the sanctum sanctorum, and his diamond-studded forehead is a major attraction for the visitors.

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The Parshwanath Temple(Shwetambar)

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Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is the nearest airport. Sealdah station and Kolkata both are nearest rail station of this Temple and Gouribari bus stop is nearest bus stop.

Digambar Jain Paraswanath Temple
Built in 1914, the Shree Digambar Jain Pareswanath Temple of Kolkata is a very sacred place of worship for the Digambara Jain community. Digambara is one of the two main sects of Jainism – the other branch is Svetambara. This glorious red temple with its bright red entrance greet the pilgrims to the temple premise, which has four sprawling gardens surrounded by trees, hedges and flowering plants for the visitors to take rest and feel the oneness with nature. The pilgrims can also feed the hundreds of fish in the fish tank. There are some symbolic installations like a cow and tiger feeding from the same waterhole and some fountains within the temple premise too.

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Digambar Jain Paraswanath Temple

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Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is the nearest airport. Tala and Kolkata both are nearest rail station of this Temple. Belgachia metro station is the nearest metro station and Belgachia more is nearest bus stop.

Shree Digambar Jain Bada Mandir
Shree Digambar jain Bada Mandir is located in 1Basak lane, Burra Bazar, Kolkata- 700007. This is a very ancient temple. Before 165 years there were Chaitalyas located in this place. In the year 1826 Seth Hulashroy Agarwala builds a diagambar jain temple. This temple was renovated several times. The main idols of Bhagwan Adinath, Bhagwan Paraswanath and Bhagwan Mahavira are established in the temple. The temple is decorated with artful glass work. There is a very big hall on the ground floor. The present secretary is Sri Ratanlalji Sethi. The temple is managed by Shree Digambar Jain Bara Mandir Committee.

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Shree Digambar Jain Bada Mandir

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Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is the nearest airport. Tala and Kolkata both are nearest rail station of this Temple. Belgachia metro station is the nearest metro station and Belgachia more is nearest bus stop.

Deulghata Temples
Temples of Deulghata, literally meaning ‚the land of temples‛, is one of the rich heritage sites of Purulia district as it bears the marks of ancient Indian history, Jainism. There were three brick temples out of which two can be seen at present. The third one which was the biggest of the three collapsed a few years back. The deuls are standing on the bank of river Kasai in Jaipur Boram village, almost 30km from Purulia town.

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Deulghata Temples

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The deuls are standing on the bank of river Kasai in Jaipur Boram village, almost 30km from Purulia town.

Pakbira
Temples of Pakbira Located in Pakbira village, 40km away from Purulia town by Purulia-Puncha Road, Pakbira or Pakbirrah is the largest and most famous archaeological spot in Purulia district. Pakbirra is reffered to as the open museum of Purulia. Out of the large number of Jain sculptures found here many can still be seen. At present three stone temples are standing here and innumerable statues, decorative stones and panels dot the whole place.

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Pakbira

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Temples of Pakbira Located in Pakbira village, 40km away from Purulia town by Purulia-Puncha Road, Pakbira or Pakbirrah is the largest and most famous archaeological spot in Purulia district.

Banda Temples
Temples of Banda, a village in Raghunathpur II, is 35 km away from Purulia town and 3km from Cheliyama village which is also famous for its temple or deul called Bander Deul. The temple at Banda is the finest in structure of all the stone temples found in Purulia. This stone temple is surrounded by innumerable palash trees. It has intricate stone carvings and an amalaka still on its top. A stone roofed porch with stone pillers is found at the back side of the deul.

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Banda Temples

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Temples of Banda, a village in Raghunathpur II, is 35 km away from Purulia town and 3km from Cheliyama village which is also famous for its temple or deul called Bander Deul. 

Shri Adinath Bhagwan Jain Mandir, Kathgola

Kathgola is another famous Jain temple situated near Nashipur. The Adinath temple is built in an area over hundred acres. Garden with gorgeous decoration surrounding the temple is main attraction of this temple. There are several ponds enhancing beauty of this temple garden. There is a huge gate in the main entrance and a palace like building used as museum. This museum was full with cut glass items manufactured by famous Oslar company in the UK. Most of these expensive items were stolen in seventh decade of last century. Rai Laxmipat Singh Bahadoor Dugar built this temple along with a Dadabadi in 19th century. The palace and garden are used many times for shooting Hindi and Bengali movies.

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Shri Adinath Bhagwan Jain Mandir (Kathgola)

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By Road : via Lalbagh - Hazarduari Rd/Siraj Ud Doullah Rd and Kathgola Bagan Connector Rd it will take nearly 13 min (3.8 km).

Sree Chintamoni Parswanath Bhagwan Temple
In year 1750 A.D Sri Saubhagyavijayji, describing the place has mentioned about the prosperity of the area and the generous nature of its wealthy people. From several other sources references are available about these wealthy Jains having also built Jain temples and dharamshalas elsewhere besides having carried out several renovations. They were generally big landlords and were known by the title of 'Babus'. The temple here has been constructed about 125 years ago. This is one of the main temples in the Panchtirthi of Bengal. Here, there are about 30 idols made out of nine precious stones which are attractive and worth seeing.

Kolkata Jain Temple
It is a Jain temple at Badridas Temple Street is a major tourist attraction in Kolkata. The temple was built by a Jain named Rai Badridas Bahadoor Mookim in 1867. Pratishtha was done by Sri Kalyansurishwarji Maharaj.

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