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Greatly revered by the Digambar sect of the
Jains, the Nasiyan temple is built in honour of Lord Rishabhdev, first of the
24 Tirthankars [religious path makers of the Jains] by Rai Bahadur Seth
Moolchand and Nemichand Soni.
It is situated on Prithvi Raj Marg in
Ajmer, the heart of Rajasthan state in India. The foundation of this
magnificent Jain temple was laid on 10th October 1864 and the image of the
first Tirthankar Shri Rishabhdev (Adinath), was installed in the Sanctum
Sanctorum on 26th May 1865. This work was carried out under the able guidance
of the great scholar Pandit Sadasukhdasji of Jaipur.
The name of the temple is Siddhkoot
Chaitalya. It is also known as ‘Red Temple’ as it is built of red sand stone or
‘Nasiyan of Seth Moolchand Soni’ signifying the founder’s name. After the
Svarna Nagri was added to the temple in 1895 A.D. it popularly began to be
called as ‘Sone ka Mandir’ or ‘Soni Mandir’ emphasizing the golden structure as
well as the family name.
The halls of this temple are adorned with fascinating series of large, gilt wooden figures and delicate paintings that display scenes from Jain scriptures.