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Bhonyra (Hindi भोंयरा, Sanskrit भूमिगृह) is an underground chamber in some Jain temples. In the past, it was used to conceal sacred idols during times of disturbance[1].

Naya Mandir in Delhi has a concealed chamber. A visitor in 1876 described it[2]:

In Delhi I found a Jain temple which was wholly unknown to Europeans well acquainted with the city; and on prosecuting inquiry, I got its priest to open to me a concealed chamber containing large statues of several of the Tirthankaras richly ornamented.

The the chamber has now been given the form of a cave, suitable for peaceful meditation by visiting Jain monks.

There are several Jain temples in Bundelkhand that have a bhonyra chamber. A few years ago, several Jain idols were found in a bhonyara in Sanganer in Rajasthan[3].

In 2001, an entire Jain temple was found beneath a mound at Umta, Gujarat. It was apparently buried to protect it from the destruction about 800 years ago[4].

See also


  1. ^ गोपाचल के निकटवर्ती तीर्थ क्षेत्र
  2. ^ A RUN THROUGH KATHIAWAR—THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine Published by W. Blackwood, 1876, Item notes: v.120 1876 Jul-Dec
  3. ^ Shri Digamber Jain Atishaya Kshetra Mandir, Sanghiji, Sanganer
  4. ^ Umta residents seek custody of Jain temple


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