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Unbelievable Secrecy between Hathisinh Temple and Queen Victoria

The basement of Hathisinh Jain Temple has an iron safe with a logo of Queen Victoria wearing Gujarati jewellery.

athisinh Temple is one of the ancient and oldest temple of Jainism. The temple has been named after its founder Seth Hathee Singh, a prosperous Jain merchant. The Temple is dedicated to Dharm Nath(58th Jain Tirthankara). Though it’s located in a busy part of the city, still once you enter in campus you will hear the chirping of birds and greenery. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed here.


It is famous for its complicated stone carvings and extreme architecture which makes it the most visited temple in Ahmedabad. The temple took several years to be built. It is constructed of stone in the traditional way, without steel, cement or mortar. It is richly ornamented with intricate and beautiful stone carvings and is now regarded as one of the architectural treasures of the city. It houses 238 stone images, 83 metal images, and 21 yantras.

Krishna Hutheesing, a sister of Jawaharlal Nehru, was a member of this family by marriage.

Lockwood de Forest, who was a business associate of Muggenbhai Hutheesing, the son of Sheth Hathisinh, estimated the cost as “over a million dollars” but the approximate cost of building it, was only 8 lakh rupees.

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