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The city of Pune has people following different faiths. There used to be a large Jewish community here in the colonial days and after the formation of Israel, most of them migrated to that country. There are a few Jewish synagogues in Pune and other places. As for Jains, basically a business community, there are superb Jain temples across India and a visit to such places of veneration will help you wake up from the slumber and improve your spiritual well being which is essential for modern living. Katraj Jain Mandir, also known by Aagam Mandir (temple), is on a small hill near Poona on the Satara-Pune high way and is visited by lots of tourists.
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Devotees entering the temple ought to follow certain strict regulations. Normally people are requested to avoid wearing any thing made of leather, including waist belt, no indecent dress, no black color dress and no gossiping inside the temple. There is a Bhojanasala where food is available. Sometime a nominal fee is charged for the food. Jains, being orthodox, are strict vegetarians, hence only vegetarian food is available.
At the center of the shrine is enshrined the idol of Mahaveer with foot prints. An interesting aspect is all people are allowed inside the temple and there are no caste distinctions. The only requirement is once you are inside the temple, your mind must be focused on god. There are idols of Saraswathi and Lakshmi out side the main temple on either side. At night the electric light is turned off and candles and lamps are lit. The idols and the gold and silver plated backdrop look resplendent. Devotees engage in Bhajans singing devotional songs with dedication,
Standing on the small hill one can enjoy the panoramic view of the sprawlingcity and the serene surroundings.
The addtess is: Shree Vardhman Jain Agaam Tirth,Near Jakat Naka,122,Agaam Hill. Katraj, Pune(Maharashtra) 411046.