Just look at this! Seriously, this temple is the stuff dreams are made of. Our dreams, anyway.

This beaut is the Shantinath Mandir, a Jain temple, in Jamnagar, India. Its exterior is stark and white, a bit misleading when its innards are so lurid!

We had the pleasure of running into a local Jain and his visiting friend, a professor from Oxford who specializes in Indian culture, in the temple.

Talk about the perfect company! They shed a lot of light on this religion we knew (know) hardly anything about.

Some little snippets for you: Jains revere the 24 tirthankaras, people that reached enlightenment and escaped the cycle of life, samsara. 
Each tirthankara has a different history and persona, so though all 24 are held in the highest regard, people will have their favorites, and direct their prayers toward them.

There were hundreds of statues of the tirthankaras in a lotus (meditative) pose throughout the temple, all seemingly similar. How to tell who's who? 
The professor showed us how to distinguish between them: each statue has a small symbol on its base, just as each tirthankara has their own symbol.

Though we're not religious ourselves, we can't deny that religion is absolutely fascinating!
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  • lostwithpurposeJust look at this! Seriously, this temple is the stuff dreams are made of. Our dreams, anyway.

    This beaut is the Shantinath Mandir, a Jain temple, in Jamnagar, India. Its exterior is stark and white, a bit misleading when its innards are so lurid!

    We had the pleasure of running into a local Jain and his visiting friend, a professor from Oxford who specializes in Indian culture, in the temple.

    Talk about the perfect company! They shed a lot of light on this religion we knew (know) hardly anything about.

    Some little snippets for you: Jains revere the 24 tirthankaras, people that reached enlightenment and escaped the cycle of life, samsara.
    Each tirthankara has a different history and persona, so though all 24 are held in the highest regard, people will have their favorites, and direct their prayers toward them.

    There were hundreds of statues of the tirthankaras in a lotus (meditative) pose throughout the temple, all seemingly similar. How to tell who's who?
    The professor showed us how to distinguish between them: each statue has a small symbol on its base, just as each tirthankara has their own symbol.

    Though we're not religious ourselves, we can't deny that religion is absolutely fascinating!

  • touristexclusiveWow, in one word amazing!
  • stephanievoyageOMG it's amazing !
  • lostwithpurpose@vanessathelaowai we were really surprised, too. From the outside it looked kind of plain. Boy were we in for a treat when we entered.
  • lostwithpurpose@d_rey20 people can be super skillful. Paint goals for sure!
  • lostwithpurpose@kavyag96 we really liked Gujarat. The people are friendly, the people nice, and there's lots of culture. The nature is a bit plain, but besides we recommend it.
  • lostwithpurpose@khurshidanwerisb but this is a Jain temple, not a Hindu temple.
  • lostwithpurpose@journalofnomads people have some next level skills!
  • lostwithpurpose@nidhiimehta it was really cool to see this beautiful, peaceful place, right in the middle of a busy market.
  • lostwithpurpose@monica.desai it shames us to say that we forgot his name. He is a professor in anthropology, focusing on how people use images (video, photo, etc.) to convey culture.
  • lostwithpurpose@mfserkani we're not sure, but the pain must have been done quite recently.
  • expertvagabondSo colorful!
  • dave_tapanFantastic picture 👌👌👌
  • harithasidamIts beautiful... Colourful capture
  • wander.with.priyaBeautiful 😍😍😍😍
  • amandaarielleOmg
  • gezentozancomAmazing colours🎈
  • masja_travels😍
  • manuelf.martinezp👌👌👍👍
  • wayfaringviewsCongrats on the Lonely Planet blog feature for your shot
  • lostwithpurpose@wayfaringviews Wait, we were chosen? Whoa, cool! We'll check it out! (And heheh, thanks for letting us know so quickly!)
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