Jalmandir is a white marble temple located at Pawapuri
in Patna District
. It is situated in the middle of a tank with lotuses. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavir
, the last and 24th Tirthankar
of the Jain religion.
There is a long bridge (over 40 ft long and 4 ft in width) inside the tank for reaching the temple. The surroundings of the temple are furnished by a well-kept garden.
Legend has it that the tank was formed as a result of the mass removal of sand from around the funeral pyre of Lord Mahavir, in order to meet the demand for his ashes.
Samosaram and Naya Mandir are two famous Jain temples situated nearby. Pawapuri is about 38 km from Rajgir. Nearest railway station is at Gaya.