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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44 Responses

  1. Liebe Indrani, danke für diesen interessanten Post mit all den feinen Fotos…

    Umarmung und Grüsse aus der Schweiz


  2. Appears to be so beautiful,calm & serene.

  3. Joop Zand says:

    Lovely to see this very nice work.

    Thanks Indrani.

  4. Sharodindu says:

    Will visit the place for sure… Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Sixteen ox-carts of gold bullion? Yep, that would tide me over quite nicely!

    Love all the architectural details in these photos.

  6. Thanks for taking us on the tour with you. Beautiful clicks.

  7. TexWisGirl says:

    that is really gorgeous!

  8. George says:

    This is a beautiful temple in all of its details. I'm also impressed that the builder got sixteen oxcarts of gold simply on his word.

  9. Gorgeous temple Indrani.

  10. Carver says:

    Wonderful shots of the temple.

  11. wow this is my first jain temple sighting. on my trip to india last summer we did not see any. but one of my tour guides follows the religion and he educated us on the doctrines. they are pretty strict don't they?

  12. Wonderful images of the magnificent temple!

  13. Kusum Sanu says:

    Jain temples always have wonderful marble carvings!

  14. Another gorgeous temple!! You do find the beautiful ones! Wonderful captures as always! Hope your week is going well!

  15. ladyfi says:

    Wow – so magnificent!

  16. Sounds a gorgeous and famous temple! both interior and exterior area looking beautiful and covered with marble.

  17. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, this Jain Temple is gorgeous. Love the photos. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

  18. Beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  19. Jeevan says:

    The architecture sounds interesting… never seen so much style on a singles building. Beautiful captures

  20. Absolutely beautiful!

  21. Viola says:

    What a beautiful temple! =)
    and I love the first and the third photo! and also the green glass in the door!

  22. Viola says:

    You are right Indrani! those were spider webs (my post)

  23. Beautiful architecture and nice pics 🙂

  24. Beautiful post with amazing captures.

  25. loved the 3rd and 4th pic!

  26. Trotter says:

    Hi Indrani! Hope you are having a superb summer! Wonderful post!!
    Sorry for the absence, but 2013 has been even worse than 2012… Anyhow, enjoy the blues of Grenada, and have a great vacation, if you can manage!!
    All the best!

  27. Your photos of this temple remind me there are many ways to know and understand this world and to respect its mysteries.

  28. juzta mom says:

    This is a thing about Jain temples, they are always beautiful in architecture. You can literally spend hours just gazing at them. Beautiful!

  29. Very Lovely………..

  30. Wow, incredible! 🙂 Danica

  31. Superb pics loved the green glass door.

  32. Stewart M says:

    Wonderful set of pictures – the work that must have been needed for the floor, let alone the buildings is remarkable.


    Stewart M

  33. 900 hundred years old Idol so well maintained..and the architecture of the white marble I guess looks magnificent..

  34. Wow! I was in Murshidabad for the Nano Drive show. Too bad we were following a fixed (and boring) itinerary!

    Now I have to go there again! 🙂

  35. DeniseinVA says:

    The places in India are amazing Indrani, wonderful post!

  36. magiceye says:

    Beautifully captured!!

  37. Beautiful architecture & carvings-a place worth visiting.

  38. Magnificent I should say. Loved the photographs of the interiors and the the floor.

  39. Lovely temple! Thanks for sharing this.

  40. says:

    beautiful captures !! Murshidabad has so much to offer .. i think this weekend i need to be there

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