The Jal Mandir is situated in the holy city of Pawapuri in the Nalanda district in the Ganga basin of Bihar. The temple is surrounded by water on all sides and is made up of white marbles. The tank in which the temple is made, is filled with lotuses. This architecturally elegant temple in the form of a “Vimana” or chariot has the footprint of Mahavira for worship. The temple is connected by a long bridge from the bank of the surrounding water. The centre looks the most beautiful in the moonlight.
The temple is a famous pilgrimage centre of Jainism. The temple is a much worshipped place as it is dedicated to Lord Mahavira, the 24th Thirthankara (religious preacher of Jainism) and founder of Jain religion, which marks the place of his cremation. It is said that the temple was built by King Nandivardhan, Mahavira’s elder brother.