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ⓘ Jain house temple. A house temple is a private Jain shrine that is placed within a personal residence. Sometimes it is separate room or structure in a compound. ..



Jain house temple
                                     

ⓘ Jain house temple

A house temple is a private Jain shrine that is placed within a personal residence. Sometimes it is separate room or structure in a compound.

Jain scholars prescribe that the height of a pratima in a house shrine should not exceed 11 angulas, i.e. about 21 cm.

The formal communal temple is often referred to as a shikharbandi Jinalaya, i.e. with a shikhara. Sometimes a temple starts as a house temple, which grows into a formal shikharbandi Jinalaya when the community grows to be sufficiently large.

Jain author Haribhadra Suri states in one of his famous grantha Sambodh prakran that-

If a lay person has savings more than 100 rupees, then there must be a Ghar derasar at his/her home. Further he says that the house which does not have a Ghar derasar is not a home, it is a graveyard.

In that derasar, a pratima of Tirthankara must be installed, on which the rituals of anjanashalakaPanch Kalyanaka Pratishtha Mahotsava must be done.

Click here to view a video of Pratishtha ceremony at one Ghar Derasar.

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