Kanch Mandir Indore- A Piece of Marvel

From the Rajwada, we moved on towards our next destination which was another historical place and known as Kanch Mahal or Mandir. Since the Mahal wasn’t far away, we reached there in around 10 minutes. It is located on the Jawahar Road and welcomes visitors from 10:00 AM. You can simply judge from the name that the temple is completely made of a wide range of mirrors and glass.

Many people call it as the Temple of Seth Hukumchand who holds the credit for its construction and was famous as the Cotton King during the early part of the 20th century. Just like other glass temples throughout the country, it is dedicated to the Jains. There is no doubt about the fact that we were left in awe with the magnificence of the exteriors. All of us agreed to the fact that it must have taken a lot of time and effort along with highly skilled craftsmen to construct such a temple at a time when hardly any complex tools were available.

The floor, doors, pillars, ceiling and walls are completely decorated with glass. The locals told us that the Kanch Mandir has been successful in drawing tourists from different parts of the globe for decades.

Kanch Mandir Indore
Kanch Mandir Indore | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

I had visited the renowned the famous Sheesh Mahal in Rajasthan and the Kanch Mahal was equally exemplary as a piece of craft. The beauty of the huge arrays of mirrors along with properly arranged ceramic tiles impart an exquisite appeal to the Kanch Mandir. The presence of finely cut glass chandeliers and the intricately designed Chinese lanterns further increased the temple’s charisma. We were simply fascinated with the beauty of the interiors.

Inside Kanch Mandir Indore
Inside Kanch Mandir Indore | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The temple consists of over 50 murals each depicting a specific story associated with the Jains. While some of them depict scenes showcasing people converting to Jainism, others exhibit the torture faced by sinners after death. There is no doubt as to why the Kanch Mahal Indore is considered to be one of the best of its kinds in the country. We also saw founder of Jainism, Lord Mahavira’s idol which is made of glittering black coloured onyx.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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