Sheetalnathji - Jain Pilgrim
West Bengal is situated in the eastern part of India, along the Bay of Bengal. Its capital, the city of Joy, Kolkata is one that retains its cultural and architectural remains of the past in the midst of a growing economy. The Jain temple of Sheetalnathji in Kolkata is an important Jain pilgrim center. It is also known as Sri Badrinath Jain Swetambara Mandhir.
Sheetalnathji - Kolkata - India
This temple was built in the 19th century and is divided into four complexes of which Sheetalnathji temple is the one. The temple retains architectural beauty of the 19th century and is enveloped in intricately designed architectural works. One of the major attraction to this temple is the idol whose forehead is completely made out of a diamond that frosts the beholder.
The single storey structure of the temple is lavishly decorated with colored glass works and mirrors. The ambience within the temple is of a serene orientation, the beauty of the structure is dazzling to the eyes.
An old legendary saying goes that,’ He who holds the fort (Kangra), holds the hills’. The fort is believed to have 21 wells filled with vast treasures. Locals still believe that 8 more wells exist that hold the wealth. This fort is a haven for history buffs and photographers.The temple is famed for its spectacular architectural style with tall and slender pillars aligned beautifully with the central spire forming a picturesque look is awe-inspiring.
ver since its erection, this temple has been centered on its beautifying gardens and architecture which have enticed tourists, worshippers and sightseers from far and near. Together all these four temples are known as ‘Calcutta Tirth’.
With an increase in the count of lions, the park only allows photo safari. This area is reserved for the mighty Asiatic lion to roam freely in its surroundings in safety. As you tour around the famous region of the Sasan Gir, you get to feast your eyes on thousands of varieties of flora and avifauna.
A humongous number of different species are a native to the Gir forest making the region a lively canopy of life. The forest makes for a spectacular location for bird watchers, botanists and tribal visits.
This grandeur kingdom of His Majesty, the royal Asiatic lion is best seen in its full splendor during winters after the monsoon season as the forest appears to be in all its lush glory owing to the bountiful rain.
During the safari, you can spot lions sitting on your way, cubs playfully frolicking or walking majestically with its golden mane illuminating in the sun. Gir is known for its famous crocodile breeding farm when compared to anywhere in the country. The crocs here are extremely sensitive and tend to get easily irritable and be wary when taking pictures.
How to reach
By air : The nearest airport is the Diu airport which is at a distance of 64 kilometers away.
By rail : The Chorvad railway station in Gujarat is the nearest railway station at 34 kilometers away.
By road : Sasan Gir is connected well by roads to all major cities and towns.