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Jal Mandir

Bihar, Nalanda

Pawapuri is created to enshrine the memories of Mahavira Jina, the founder and the Thirthankara of the Jaina religion. The Jal Mandir is built by King Nandivardhan, also the brother of Lord Mahavira during the 528 BC. This is one of the oldest temple complexes in India that dates back almost 2600 years ago.


During that phase, Pawapuri, also called as Apawapuri was a significant part of the Magadha Kingdom where King Ajatshatru - an ardent follower of Lord Mahavira was the then ruler. Once the Lord visited Pawapuri that was then under the rule of King Hastipal and He stayed there at Rajikshala and attained omniscience by the banks of Rju-kula. The Jains call this attainment as Kevala- nana. Lord Mahavira coded the preaching principles of Jainism and ...View more


At present the Charan Paduka of Lord Mahavira Jina is enshrined at the Jal Mandir of Pawapuri temple complex. It was built to commemorate the event of Mahavira's attainment of Siddha Prapti and also for the place where He left His mortal bondages at the age of 72.The temple is built in the middle of a pond/water body. It was actually the place where Lord Mahavira was cremated and to enshrine that event most of the holy soil was dug out to create ...View more

Darsan Info

Timings : October to March is the best time to visit Jal Mandir. People of all religions are welcome here. But devotees are asked to maintain silence whenever they are visiting the Jain tirth.

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Darsan Dresscode

Modest clothing is preferred.


Over the ages, Bihar has been the center of attraction regarding its involvement since the days of Ramanayana and the Mahabharata. The capital of the mighty Mauryan Empire was also at Pataliputra- which lies in the present day Bihar.  Even today, many important relics of Emperor Chandra Gupta Maurya, Bindusara and the mightiest of them all Emperor Ashoka are found.
Moreover, Bihar proudly houses the centers of learning like the famous Nalanda University and the prestigious Vikramshila University during the ancient times.
The state boasts on its flagship religious culture, the enriched heritage that grew up associating different popular shrines in Bihar. Alongside, Bihar's culture extends to the vibrant Madhubani art and Manjusha art.

Location and Contact

Pawapuri P.O. Pawapuri Dist. Nalanda Bihar 803115

+91 6112262746

Tourist/pilgrims can visit the wonder Jal temple from October to March (considered to be the best time to visit). The nearest railways stations are at Gaya and Rangir. The nearest airport is Patna. From there buses, taxis and rental cars are available to reach this shrine at Nalanda.

Additional Info

  1. There are 2 Dharamshalas known as in the the Swetambar and Digambar Dharamshalas within temple complex. These lodges can accommodate around 2500 people. Pilgrims can stay here and get delicious food at the Bhojanshala that is also there within the Pawapuri temple complex.
  2. PNB, ICICI, AXIS Bank
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Temple Rituals

Not Available

Regular Offerings

Prayers with flowers and sweets.

Special Rituals

Diwali is specially celebrated by the jainas here as on this very day of Karthik Masa, Lord Mahavir left His mortal life behind and attained Siddha.

Famous Festival

October - Diwali
Diwali is observed by the Jains at Pawapuri as they believe that on this day Lord Mahavira left His mortal body and was abolished in the oblivion. Famously known as Lord Mahavira's Nirvana day.

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