Kanch Mandir

Kanch Mandir in Indore city is a important place to visit among Indore tourist attractions. In simple words "Kanch Ka Mandir" means "Glass Temple" or temple in which glass has vital presence in decoration. It was built by Seth Hukumchand Jain in year 1903. He was a successful trader in that time and had his mansion named "Sheesh Mahal" means "Glass Palace", just adjacent to temple. It is a Jain Temple but visited by devotees and tourists from all religions. We can find such glass temples in other parts of India like Kanpur city, Shivpuri, Vrindawan, Chamatkarji, Champanery etc. It is open for visitors till 5:00 PM (17:00hrs).

ABOUT KANCH TEMPLE
As already specified that Indore Kanch temple was build in year 1903. For construction of temple, craftsmen were hired from Rajasthan (Jaipur) and even from other countries like Iran etc. On first look from outside, it gives an impression of medieval mansion with balconies. It is a multistory building decorated with sand-stone, artistically cut in to designs and used in decoration of walls, windows and balconies. In addition to walls & balconies, mirrors is used in windows. If we visit the temple from inside, we will notice all walls, pillars above 3 feet, ceilings is covered by varying color glass panels and mosaic emitting reflection of light. More than 52 multicolored mirror panels are used illustrating stories of Jain religion, religious activities etc. From entrance to core temple, you will notice the usage of glass and mosaic in an artistic way. In temple core which is called Garbhagriha, we can see idols of Tirthankaras. Mirror effects make to see replica on walls in infinite times.

HOW TO REACH
Kanch Mandir is located at Indore city center, easy accessible from all corners of city. It is close to Maharaja Tukoji Holkar Cloth Market on Hukumchand Marg. It is in West of Indore railway station and North of Lalbagh palace. It is close from hotels like Lemon Tree, Gold Leaf, Nahargarh Haveli, Hotel Natraj, Paradise, Roma Palace etc.


KAANCH TEMPLE LOCATION MAP

HOW TO VISIT
Temple is open for visitors till 17:00hrs so visitors should reach their before this time. It took minimum 01 hour to visit the temple so while doing Indore city sightseeing, one should keep this much time slot for it. Being a sacred place, one get inside the temple in bare feet (without shoes or sandals). Similarly photography inside temple is also not allowed. You can take pictures from outside only.


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