History – We can find around 22 Jain temples in Ajmer, among these the Sethji ki Nasiya or Sidhhkut Chaitalaya is the prime attraction and is the main temple. There are 21 other Jain temples to mention a few include Choota Ghada Nasian, Bada Ghada Nasian and Mahaput Jinalaya which are very fabulous. This town is known for the dargah of Sufi Sant Khawaja Moin-din Chisti. Adai din ka Jhopda, which has been converted into a mosque was earlier a Jain temple. the art and architecture of adai din ka jhopda is worth seeing.
Nasiyan Digambar Jain Temple or Sethji ki Nasiya or Sidhhkut Chaitalaya – Found at Prithviraj Marg in Ajmer, this is regarded as one of the best Jain temples in Rajasthan After the temples of Ranakpur and Mount Abu. This temple is dedicated to the first Tirthankara Lord Adinath. Built by a person named Seth Moolchand Soni in 1865 this temple is also known as Lal Mandir (Red Temple). The temple has a two-storied structure divided into two parts, where one is the worship area comprising the idol of Lord Adinath and the second is the museum including a hall. The museum hall gets the major attention due to its mind blowing interiors made up in gold. This exquisite museum depicts the five stages (Panch Kalyanak) in the life of Lord Adinath, in the stature of statues. With the dimensions of 40 x 80 feet, the hall is adorned with Belgium stain glass, mineral color paintings and stain glasswork.
The astonishing and inimitable display of the shrine, made it to be recognized, as the Golden Temple (Swarna Mandir). The focal hall is made surprisingly beautiful with gold and silver decorations. Digambar Jain Temple displays marvelous wooden gild representations, glass engravings and paintings, recounting the conviction of the Jainism with reference to the making of the world. Festooned by precious stones, gold and silver work, the place is also termed as Soni Ji Ki Nasiyan.
The celestial appearance of the temple creates a kind of divine aura that appeals to the mind of pilgrims and devotees. In the inner prayer chamber, small silver balls hanging from the ceiling absolutely enthrall the onlooker. The posh interiors of the temple boast of the aesthetic and rich taste of the Digambar Jains. In the vein of other Jain architecture, Nasiyan Temple has high fortifications encircling the temple complex.
How to Reach – Ajmer is a well known tourist place in Rajasthan. The visitors can reach this place from Delhi either by train or through road. Another Jain Centre Pushkar is situated near Ajmer.
Main Deity – Idol of Bhagwan Adinatha.