Kanch Ka Mandir is one of the most popular Jain temples in India located in the city of Indore, Madya Pradesh. Literally meaning Temple of Glass,this famous Jain temple in Indore built by Sir Seth Hukumchand Jain. Kanch Ka Mandir built during early twentieth century. Kanch Ka Mandir is located very nearto Indore city center.
Kanch Ka Mandir is an elegantly architectural wonder built using white stone. Externally, the temple is built as a medieval mansion complete with acanopied balcony and a shikhara. The interior of Kanch Ka Mandir is entirely covered by glass panels and mozaics; including the floor, columns, walls andthe ceilings.
Seth Hukumchand hired craftsmen from Jaipur and some even from Iran to work on the temple. The ornamentation follow the old and medieval Jain style, with themajor innovation being the use of multicolored glass and mirrors. In the main Garbhagriha, the idols of the Tirthankaras are flanked by mirrors on both sides, thus their images are seen through infinite reflections. The temple serves as a central institution for Indore Jains, some processions start or terminate at the Kach Ka Mandir. Walls also have artistic paintings made up of glass explaining stories of Mahabharata and Ramayana.
In some special days like on Sugandh Dashami, special mandalas are constructed using multi-colored rice-powder. Collective kshamavani (festival of forgiveness) in Indore is organized here as a central institution, even though it is also celebrated at other Indore Jain temples. Annual rath-yatra on a golden palaki is taken our from here.
A must visit for everyone who visits Indore. Tourists with intent on visiting religious places can also enjoy a visit to Kanch Ka Mandir. Its a beautiful and a peaceful place, with a religious atmosphere. Kanch Ka Mandir is open all days during the timings: 05:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 04:00 PM till 08:00 PM.