The Hanumantal Bada Jain Mandir is a historical monument and a place of worship in the Jain religion that is situated on the water front of a water body known as Hanuman Taal, which alternated as the city centre of Jabalpur in medieval times. Hanuman Taal was the centrifuge around which Jabalpur city grew and the Hanumantal Bada Jain Mandir, established in 1686 has grown in prominence to become the largest functioning Jain temple in India presently. Built in 1686 it was renovated once in the 19th century and has stood the test of time since.
The Hanumantal Bada Jain Mandir is a very unique architectural structure that stands resoundingly tall against the waterfront overlooking it, drawing a magnificent silhouette against the background like a fortress with towering structures to act as a watch tower. However in actuality it is an independent Jain temple that houses images of various Jain deities and has seen times change during changing hands of rulership over India from dynasty rule to Mughal invasion and British occupation.
The Hanumantal Bada Jain Mandir has 22 shrines dedicated to various deities in Jain religious philosophy, including one sanctum which houses the shrine of Padmavati, the revered Jain goddess. The Bada Mandir holds a special status among temple in the Jain faith and it draw millions of pilgrims to its premises in celebration of Mahavir Jayanti, the largest religious festival in the Jain calendar. It is the main Jain temple in Jabalpur but devotees flock to the temple grounds from all over the state and the length and stretch of the Indian sub continent. Being vicinity of Jabalpur city, visiting Hanumantal Bada Jain Mandir is not very difficult, it's well connected by road network and one can easily reach via Cab/Taxi/Buses.
Hanumantal Bada Jain Mandir open at 08:00 AM to 07:00 PM