One of the oldest Jain temples here is located in Karwan, near Gudimalkapur, Hyderabad. Gudimalkapur is where the vegetable wholesale market for Hyderabad region is located. Crowded constantly, it also rubs shoulders with Karwan locality. Densely populated, this area used to house ‘saukars’ or money lenders who belonged to the Jain community and were from Rajasthan mostly. In fact, Karwan was earlier known as Sahu Karwan. And therefore not surprisingly, there are close to 20 Jain temples in and around this area but the Shri Jain Shwetambar Jin Kushal Suriji Dadawadi Mandir is the oldest among them all.
Once you enter this place, a certain calm rests on you. Clean spaces, blue coloured doors, white marble edifice and abutting a terracotta temple, you experience all this at one go. Then there are chairs facing the temple and as you take a seat, the falling leaves rustle as they drop with the breeze and then you see the old step well, which brings good omen, and a new colorful playground for children. It all suits well with the peaceful ambiance.
This Dadawadi Jain temple is dedicated to the third guru, Acharya Shri Jin Kushal Suri and his Charan Padukas hold a special place in the humongous hall that is devoted to this.Dadawadi is a type of shrine, usually located near a Jain temple, and dedicated to one of the four gurus held in esteem by the community belonging to the Shwetambar Jain sect.
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