Jal Mandir, Pawapuri


The Jal Mandir meaning Water Temple (also known as Apapuri) in Pawapuri (Bihar) is a highly revered temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira, the 24th Thirthankara (religious preacher of Jainism) and founder of Jain religion, which marks the place of his cremation. Mahavira attained Nirvana (salvation) in Pawapuri in 528 BC. The temple has been built within a tank filled with red coloured lotus flowers. It is said that the temple was built by King Nandivardhan, Mahavira’s elder brother. It is one of the five main temples in Pawpuri, where the “Charan Paduka” or foot impression of Mahavira is deified.

Jal Mandir is built in white marble within the water tank; the tank measures 16.8 acres. The water surface of the lake is covered with lotuses. This architecturally elegant temple in the form of a “Vimana” or chariot has the footprint of Mahavira for worship. A 600 feet (180 m) long bridge built in stone connects the temple with the bank of the water tank. The temple shines bright and sublime during a moonlit night. The pond has many species of fish which are fed by the priests and devotees.

Other Attractions:

  • Gaon Mandir
  • Samosaran
  • Gunajayaji


How to Reach
Air: The nearest airport is at Patna 101 kms. Airlines connect Patna to Calcutta, Bombay, Delhi, Ranchi and Lucknow.
Rail: Though Rajgir itself has a railway station yet the nearest convenient railhead is at Patna 90.kms.
Road: A taxi or bus can be taken from Patna, Rajgir, Gaya or other major cities of Bihar to visit Pawapuri.