Shankheshwar Parshvanath Jain Temple

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The Shankheshwar Parshvanath Jain Temple is a Jain temple located in the municipality Wilrijk of Antwerp Province, Belgium. It is currently the only Jain temple in continental Europe.[1]

Shankheshwar Parshvanath Jain Temple
Jain temple, Antwerp
Jain temple, Antwerp
Religion
AffiliationJainism
DeityParshvanatha
FestivalsMahavir Jayanti, Paryushana
Location
LocationWilrijk, Belgium
Geographic coordinates51°10′24.8″N 04°23′47″E / 51.173556°N 4.39639°E / 51.173556; 4.39639
Architecture
Date established1990
Temple(s)1

History edit

The building has a surface area of 1,000 m2 and has been in use since 2010. Construction started in 1990 in India. After it was completed in 2000, the building was dismantled piece by piece, shipped to Belgium and rebuild on its current location. The white marble design is inspired by traditional Jain Temples.

About temple edit

It is the biggest Jain temple outside of India.[2] The temple houses an information centre about Jainism.

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Citations edit

  1. ^ Brill's encyclopedia of Jainism. Handbook of oriental studies. Leiden Boston (Mass.): Brill. 2020. ISBN 978-90-04-29746-3.
  2. ^ Kampen 2021.

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