Kanch Mandir Indore

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Kanch Mandir is one of the popular temples to visit while you are in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. As the name suggests, this is a temple is entirely made up of glasses and mirrors. It’s also known as  Kanch Ka Mandir. It was built by Sir Hukumchand Seth in the early 20th century and hence it’s also known by the second name as Seth Hukumchand Temple or Mandir. He was also known as the ‘cotton king’. Primarily, it’s a Jain Temple.

Kanch Mandir Indore
Photo by Bernard Gagnon

Kanch Mandir Indore

All the walls, floor, ceiling, doors and everything else are made up of mirror and glass. All the ancient rulers have always been keenly interested in this place. It is somewhat similar to the sheesh mahal of Rajasthan, which provides an exemplary piece of art and gives a breathtaking sight. The major difference being that in Indore, it is a temple instead of a palace. It attracts a huge number of tourists every year. In Indore, it is located quite close to Rajwada.

The temple shows many mirrors and glasses embedded in ceramic tiles, which are beautifully patterned. The temple is additionally decorated with Chinese-design glass lanterns, which add beauty to the charisma of the temple. It also has some chandeliers, which show a cut-glass pattern. The decorations and ornamentation show the old and medieval Jain styles. The temple also has a shikara and a canopied balcony. The temple also has many murals which depict some Jain stories.

The 50 murals show different situations like afterlife torture of sinners, a conversation of Jainism and court life of the 20th century. The construction began sometime around 1903. Such depictions make it quite different from other such monuments around the country.

Jainism is a culture which promotes simple and austerity living. The roof or the ceiling above the three idols of Lord Mahavir has a glass chamber, which multiplies the statues to infinity. The statues are made up of black onyx. Each mirror work inside the temple shows minute detailing.

The temple attracts a huge number of people from the Jain community and other tourists as well. The mirror and glass work inside the temple gives an attractive and breathtaking view. Indore has only a few places to have family outings and visits. It is one of those places which can be a great place to visit with family and friends. The temple also serves as a destination for various Jain processions and termination. Some of the festivals which are celebrated here include Sugandh Dashmi and Kshamavani. On the day of Sugandh Dashmi, multi-colored rice powder is used to make mandalas. Also, rath yatra, which occurs annually is started from this temple.

Quick Details

Address – Hukumchand Marg, Itwaria Bazaar, Maharaja Tukoji Rao Holker Cloth Market, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 452002

Nearby Places – Delhi International School, City Nursing Home

Distance from Railway Station – 3 Kms

Distance from Indore Airport – 5.1 Kms