Adinath Temple, Kathgola, Murshidabad

After a couple of hours at Hazarduari Palace, we set off for Kathgola Gardens which is included in must see list of places in Murshidabad. Kathgola, the name comes from kath (wood) and gola (warehouse), a lumberyard which existed in this place before the palace was built. The huge area has a palace, fruits orchards, a small zoo and a Jain Temple. The horse driven carriage owner told us photography may be permitted in these places, so we opted to visit this Kathgola and thankfully we had an uninterrupted photo session here.

With onion shaped domes, the Jain temple looked magnificent from a distance. It is a well maintained one, with prayers being offered everyday. This Adinatha temple is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Lord Rishabha. The place kind of calmed and soothed us, the tired travelers. The guide here told us this main idol is 900 years old.

Lord Adinatha in padmasana (lotus posture).

The architecture is unique, the domes influenced by Mughal style, European bungalow style façade, traditional Jain interiors, Rajasthani style sculpted images, Bengali plaster work. The guide did sound knowledgeable. There are 17 other images of Jain Tithankaras and other deities.

The mosaic flooring and stained glass doors too are centuries old. The builder Rai Bahadur Lakshmipat Singh Dugar was a Rajput of Chauhan dynasty. There are such interesting stories about him, some hard believe too. Laxmipat Singh had a very high reputation and was trusted so much that just on the basis of his oral bond “16 oxcarts of gold bullion,” were dispatched to his mansion which helped him tide over the financial crisis he was facing. You can read more here.

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