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“Aagam Mandir” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Katraj Jain Temple

Katraj Jain Temple
122, Vardhman Nagar, Katraj, Pune, India
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Ranked #14 of 165 Attractions in Pune
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Kanhangad, India
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“Aagam Mandir”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

The Jain temple on top of the hill at Katraj on the Satara Road is a very good example of Jain temple architecture.
There are very good temples,both old and new, with excellent architecture in other parts of India(e.g. the Dilwara Jain Temples,Mount Abu,Rajasthan) and also in some other countries
The jain temples normally have a dharamshala where the devotees can come and stay near to the temple so that they can do their various prayers.
The dharamshalas are run on the basis of donations and charitable trusts.
There is provision for jain vegetarian food for the devotees visitng the temple-as a part of charity.

Jains are vegetarians and hence in the jain temples leather goods are not allowed(leather means the skin or hide of animals who may have been slaughtered to obtain the same)-hence prohibited in jain temples-place of peace and non-violence.

Visited July 2013
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“Pious jain temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I had been to Katraj jain temple with my family members.It is a very big temples and idol of twenty four Tirthankaras(God).All the idols are very nice and our eyes are not moving after praying for a long time.It is very calm and pious place in Pune.It has very good Bhojnalaya a very good service to yatrik and room acomodation for Jain pilgrims. Its has a very good scene of hills around.It is on mountain, a
beautiful place in Pune worth visiting.
Kaushik mehta

Visited August 2012
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“Come with "Aastha" to the Jain Temple at katraj,Pune and go with Peace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Jains worship the 24 Tirthankaras.
The first being Rishabhdeva or Adinath, who is believed to have done "tapa" or penance at Mount Kailash and also attained "Gyan" and "Moksha" there.
The 24th Tirthankara is Mahavir (also referred to as Mahavira Swami, Bhagwan Mahavir,Mahavir prabhu).
These Tirthankaras or Arihantas or Siddhas originally belonged to the class of Kings but renounced all in search of "Keval Gyan"or the ultimate truth and "Moksha","Nirvana" or salvation and freedom from the cycle of births and deaths caused by the "karmas".
The Jains worship these 24 tirthankaras who did the biggest "Tyaag" gained "Kewal gyaan" from their "Tapa" and it is believed that they finally attained "Moksha".
The Jain temples in the world are thus places of worship where peace comes from worshipping these greatest renouncers or "Tyaagis"-who started as Sadhus,uwjhayas,acharyas,and became siddhas or arihantas.
The Jains are peace loving and believe in Live and let Live.The Jains are vegetarians.
The Jains did not adopt the ritualism practised by other faiths and tried to simplify the process of prayers without unnecessary rituals.
The jains prayer is paying obeisance or doing namaskar to all the Arihantas,Siddhas,Acharyas,Uwjhayas and Sadhus.
And by doing this it is believed that all the "paaps" are washed away and this prayer done earnestly brings about the good of all.
There are other prayers too.

The Jain temple on top of the hill at Katraj on the Satara Road is a very good example of Jain temple architecture.
There are very good temples,both old and new, with excellent architecture in other parts of India(e.g. the Dilwara Jain Temples,Mount Abu,Rajasthan) and also in some other countries
The jain temples normally have a dharamshala where the devotees can come and stay near to the temple so that they can do their various prayers.
The dharamshalas are run on the basis of donations and charitable trusts.
There is provision for jain vegetarian food for the devotees visitng the temple-as a part of charity.

Jains are vegetarians and hence in the jain temples leather goods are not allowed(leather means the skin or hide of animals who may have been slaughtered to obtain the same)-hence prohibited in jain temples-place of peace and non-violence.

This huge temple or Aagam Mandir thus is a place to come for peace with good thoughts,sit and meditate on the tirthankaras representing tyaag and think of the reasons why there is unrest and violence in the world (e.g. greed,desires,vicious cycle of making money,gaining property and running after more and more at the cost of the other people) and how they can be curbed and controlled by becoming a vegetarian and follow the principles of non-violence and not doing karmas which do not allow one to achieve peace.

If possible spend time on studying the writings on the walls and understanding them.(I had tried doing this for sometime in the Thiruvalluvar statue in Kanya Kumari to understand what the Tamil saint poet had thought and written in his poems and writings.)

When I had visited the temple, it was still having some work going on.

The views of the city all around are very good.
Add the fresh clean air and the breeze.

Maybe a visit with a clean mind with "aastha" to this very big Jain temple would help one to return with "peace" and become a better citizen of the world.

Visited July 2012
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“Very Good and Nicely maintained Temples”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Worth Visiting and to experience how the temple and the area is kept clean . Very good carving on the temple and the Idol of lord Mahavira is very good and should be seen and blessings of the God to be obtained.

Visited February 2013
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“Best Jain Temple in pune”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Although it is very far from my place hadapsar, but i like to go this temple.
The Exterior is really good, it is still under construction.
There is as usual in jains, good facility for water, food and accommodation.
The view from the top is quite nice and the premise is really clean and neat.

Visited April 2013
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