Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sri Chandaprabhu Temple, Kolkata

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Sri Chandaprabhu Swami Temple
Kolkata



There is another temple in the complex near Parasnath. This is of Sri Chandraprabh Swami, eighth Jain Tirthankar.

This is also very beautiful temple built by Ganeshilal Kapurchand Kharad, another esteemed member of Johari Sath, Kolkata.

Ganeshilal Kapurchand Kharad Johari were mainly in ruby and sapphires business. They were manufacturing and exporting these precious stones from Burma, Shyam, Pylin and Cylon rough. They accumulated wealth out of this business and spent generously to build the temple. The temple is built some years after Rai Badridas built Parasnath glass temple of Sri Sheetal Nath.

Kolkata Dadabadi
Mahavir Swami Temple
Rai Badridas Bahadur Mukim

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Kolkata Dadabadi

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Kolkata Dadabadi is the most beautiful Dadabadi in the world. It is all made of Makrana marble. Please view this article with Photos and Videos of Kolkata Jain Dadabadi.

Photo Gallery: Kolkata Jain Dadabadi


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Mahavir Swami Temple
Rai Badridas Bahadur Mukim

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mahavira Swami Jain Temple in Kolkata

Sri Mahavira Swami
Mulanayaka


Sri Mahavira Swami Jain temple was established in 1868, just after one year of erection of famous Parasnath Glass temple in a near vicinity. Sukhlal Johari of Johari Sath community established this beautiful temple with huge court yard at 27, Badridas Temple street, Kolkata. The temple is situated beside Dadabadi. The temple is mainly built with ceramic tyles in British style. A large sized bell is placed in the temple depicting Portuguese style.

There are three "Gambhara"s in the temple. Mahavira Swami is the main diety in Mulagambhara. Six more idols of Jain Tirthankara are also well placed there. Tirthankar Adinath or Rshabhadev is the Mulanayaka of the Gambhara situated at right side of the Mulagambhara. Gautam Swami and Parshwa Padmavati idols are also erected there with some other Tirthankar idols. A recently built Gambhara (Left side) is dedicated to Dadaguru Deva.
Smt. Putul Kothari W/o Samarendrapat Kothari (Great grand daughter of Sukhlal Johari) and her sons Birendra Kothari, Pradip Kothari, Rajkumar Kothari and Rajesh Kothari are managing the temple.

Shaharwali and Johari Sath
Photo Gallery: Kolkata Jain Dadabadi
Chandaprabhu Temple
Mahavir Swami Temple
Rai Badridas Bahadur Mukim


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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Rai Badridas Bahadoor Mookim


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Badridas (Born 1832), son of Kalkadas Sindhar, a young Jeweler was migrated from Lucknow to Kolkata along with her mother Khushal Devi at around 1850. Badridas was a tallented, skilled, creative and hard working Jeweler. He established his Gems and Jewelry business in Kolkata and soon fortune bestowed upon him.

He established his own business house and title of Rai Bahadoor conferred upon him. He named his firm Rai Badridas Bahadoor and sons. He was appointed as Court Jewellers to the Viceroy and Governor General of British India and title of Mookim was conferred upon him. He built a beautiful Kothi at Harrison Road and started residing there. His kothi of Harrison road was featured in "Glimpses of Bengal" published in 1905.

Once he purchased a plot near Dadabadi in Maniktalla region and wanted to build a farm house there. Inspired by his mother he gave up the idea of building farm house and built a temple there. He himself designed the temple and and build it in the best possible way (1867). This is now famous as Parasnath Temple. Sri Shitalnath, 10th Jain Tirthankar is the main diety in the temple. He also built Parasnath Toonk on the highest peak of Parasnath hills and Adinath temple in Purimatal (Allahabad).

Rai Badridas was instrumental to bring many other Shrimal Jain Jewelers to Kolkata. Johari Sath community came into existence mainly because of him.

He was the founder President of Bengal National Chamber of Commerce, the first ever National Chamber of Commerce in India. He also founded Dharam Kanta and Panjrapole society in Kolkata.

He left the earth in 1917 leaving his two sons Rai Kumar Singh and RajKumar Singh Mookim (Title of Court Jewelers also conferred upon them) behind him.

View more:
Gems and Jewelry Articles
Rai Badridas Bahadoor Mookim
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Shaharwali and Johari Sath part 1
Marital relations between Shaharwali and Johari Sath
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