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Jain Temple, dedicated to Shri Dharmanath, the 15th Jain Tirthankar, is another religious institution of Mattancherry.
Built in 1960, the temple complex is sprawled over a large area with various blocks constructed for prayers and as places for offerings.
On entering the premises the first thing pilgrims notice is the imposing temple gate which is a gateway to the beautiful architecture and splendour of our rich heritage. The temple looks colourful and has lots of cut stones in beige colour adding to the spectacle. The temple buildings are beautifully sculpted and even the pavements that lead to the sanctum sanctorum of the Tirthankar Dharmanath is architecturally perfect and the whole area is clean and peaceful. There is a beautiful picture of Gajalakshmi sitting on the lotus placed over the gates of the temple. The pillars here are curved elephant trunk brackets quite similar to the Jain Dilwara temple of Mount Abu. The entire marble interior of the temple is adorned with artworks and beautifully arranged with the sculptured pillars and idols of Jain Gods and Tirthankars. The walls of the shrines have many Jain holy pilgrimage places depicted in detail.
The architecture of the temple is inspired by the Jain temples of Gujarat.
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