Lodurva, Amar Sagar Jain Temple at Jaisalmer

While you are at Jaisalmer the ‘Swarna-nagari’ (Golden city) of India, take time to visit Lodurva, the ancient capital of Bhattis-a Rajput clan. It is situated 16km north-west of Jaisalmer city. The town of Lodurva was ransacked several times, by Muslim invaders Mahamud of Ghazni in the 11th century when he was en route to Somnath, Gujarat, and then by Muhammad Ghor in the next century. After Ghori’s invasion Jaisal abandoned Lodurva, and he shifted his capital to Jaisalmer in 1156.

Lodurva Temple

Parshavnath Temple at Lodurva

The main attraction at Lodurva is the Parshavnath temple. It is made of bright yellow sand stones and when we were there at 11 in the morning, the temple had a golden glow over it, mesmerizing us completely. Lord Parsavanath is the 23rd Jain Tirthankar. There were statues of other Tithankaras too. We spent around an hour there marveling the intricate Jaali work, splendid arch at the entrance, and the ruins scattered around.


The temple was destroyed in 1152, but was reconstructed in 1615 by Seth Tharu Shah. Later further additions were commissioned in 1675 and 1687. The inner sanctum of the temple contains an image of Parshvanath in black stone. Statue of Parshavnath has a multi-hooded serpent canopy.

Parshavnath temple complex houses the Kalpavriksha or the celestial tree. It is believed that the celestial tree once grew there. After it died it was substituted by a true to life sculpture in an alloy of eight metals. Thus making it an ‘eternal tree’ symbolizing enlightenment. The copper leaves are believed to have the power to fulfill the wishes of any devotee.

Visit Lodurva

If you are at Jaisalmer just for a day, visit Jaisalmer Fort in the morning, the tour there will take at least 4 hours. Have your lunch and then proceed to Lodurva.  Finally to Sam Sand dunes for a camel ride and see a beautiful sunset there. Happy journey!


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38 Responses

  1. Hilary says:

    This architecture is just incredible. Your beautiful posts are the best!

  2. More amazing architecture. It must be everywhere in your beautiful country! I so enjoy looking at these photos. I wonder about those “platforms” with the banners on them. Are they temporary, or a permanent part of the structure?

  3. Fida says:

    I definitely, DEFINITELY have to visit!

  4. ewok1993 says:

    Amazing history and great architecture. Your photos are fabulous. Excellent capture. Worth visiting. Thanks for taking us along.

  5. That temple is stunning! Thanks for taking me there through photographs, since I will likely not be able to visit in person in my lifetime!

  6. Swarna says:

    When I feel like visiting Jaisalmer, I will visit this page!
    You and your camera do full justice to the monument.
    The sun-bathed glory is a feast for the eyes.

  7. magiceye says:

    thank you so much for bringing home Lodurva to us! such a lovely place and you have presented it so beautifully too!

  8. Lawstude says:

    These are really stunning temples. I wanna see it and explore the place for myself. Great job.

  9. Lawstude says:

    These are really stunning temples. I wanna see it and explore the place for myself. Great job.

  10. Louise says:

    It looks warm and wonderful. What an incredible place! I am so intrigued by ancient archtecture in your country.

  11. Leora says:

    Amazing architecture. Love the sandy color of the buildings against the blue, blue sky.

  12. Wren says:

    Lovely Architecture, and captured so well in your photos. I enjoyed this tour of your world very much.

  13. Larry D says:

    What a beautiful place with an extraordinary history, nice work!

  14. alicesg says:

    Very beautifully built temples. Love those well crafted designs on the temple. Happy Tuesday.

  15. Clara says:

    Amazing details in the temple architecture. So delicate looking. It’s certainly a beautiful place.

  16. Nandan Jha says:

    I didn’t even know about Lodurva though I was there last year during Christmas Holidays.

    We did visit another ruins called ‘Kuldhara’.

    Thanks Indrani for sharing.

    Also, when you are free take a look at http://www.ghumakkar.com.

    Best wishes

  17. chrome3d says:

    The bright yellow sand stone seems to be an amazing material. It has glowing quality that I can feel from your photos.

  18. Onkar says:

    Lovely pictures. The write-up is very informative and goes well with the pictures.

  19. Luiz Ramos says:

    Beautiful your World. Great shots and buildings.

  20. Reader Wil says:

    Oh how beautiful this Parshavnath temple is!!! It’s almost impossible to believe that this was created by humans! Very heavenly!

  21. Jedediah says:

    Gorgeous photos, as always. I really can’t get enough of these carvings!

  22. babooshka says:

    The architecture is staggering. The achievements of yesteryear put modern building to shame. Fascinating place.

  23. Carver says:

    The fort is simply amazing. Wonderful shots.

  24. the architecture is amazing…almost lace-like in parts.
    fascinating post and photos…wow.
    thank you for sharing with us.

  25. Indrani: The temple is amazing. The work is very intricate and wonderfully done.

  26. The geometry and balance and the optical illusions here are wonderful. Thanks!

  27. Cuckoo says:

    The jali work is very mesmerizing. All photos make me feel go there.

    I didn’t about this Lodurva, thanks for sharing.

  28. Indrani: could you please please please do a post for us on the nature around you for the next My world meme? I would so love to see it!!!

    Warm greetings from Niger,

  29. thyme says:

    I stand in awe of your architecture each time again. Some look like san castles but very intricate, and carving the stone must have been much harder work!

  30. Randall says:

    Whenever I look at your photos I am in awe of the patience and attention to detail that the artisans had who built all these wonderful structures in India.

  31. to Ms. Indrani

    I have read some of your posts. I would like to revisit the same.

    If you like short stories and paintings, then a short visit to my blogs would be a good idea.

    Naval Langa

  32. Arija says:

    I love your My World posts, you show us so many magical places. Thank you.

  33. I can’t imagine the time it took to do just the detail work…amazing!! Such pride and devotion. Beautiful.

  34. Wow, the temple has fantastic architecture! Absolutely stunning!

  35. Kat says:

    So what did the camera devotee wish for from the copper leaves ?

  36. R. Ramesh says:

    congrats onthe excellent snaps..feel i have personally visited the place..and thanks 4 yr comment on my post..pl do stay connected.

  37. Allison says:

    It’s so intricate and beautiful!

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