Ladnu, also Ladnun, is a town and a municipality in Nagaur district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a Tehsil headquarters of Nagaur district. It is the city of Jain temples and one of the most visited pilgrim places of Jain community after Shri Mahaveerji. Ladnun is famous for Jain Vishva Bharati University, Jain temples of exquisite marble work, Ramanand gaushala and other old temples of religious and architectural importance. This city is also famous as the birthplace of sacred Jain Muni Aacharya Tulsi. The excursions from Ladnun within 15 to 20 km are Dungar Balaji, Salasar Balaji Dham, Tirupati Balaji at Sujangarh.
Ladnun is a town and a municipality in Nagaur district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is also the tehsil's headquarters and subdivision. Ladnun tehsil has [139 village] in all. Nimbi Jodha, Kasumbi and Sunari are the largest of the villages and have 32 sarpanch and more than 100 panch, Ladnun has a M.L.A seat under Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha and it comes under Nagaur Lok Sabha seat. Ladnun has 32 elected ward members in Ladnun Municipality. It also has one Panchayat Samiti, Tehsil and sub-division offices, one S.D.M. (CJ) Court and a stadium. Ladnun was earlier known as Chanderi Nagari, It is 380 km west of Delhi and 225 km north-west of Jaipur. Its population is approx. 57,047 as of 2001 Indian census. It is situated 329 m above sea level and at 27° 39' 0" north and 74° 23'-1" east longitude. The city is known for its spiritual tourist spots. The famous Jain Vishva Bharati Institution (founded by Acharya Tulsi in 1970) is situated here. The Vishva Bharati yoga and meditation camps for attitudinal change, behavioral modification and integrated development of personality are conducted in Ladnun, Rajasthan
Adinath Digambara Jain Temple
Adinath Digambara Jain Temple, Ladnu
The town contains a place sacred to Jainism as well. The ancient Digambara Bara Jain Temple, situated in the heart of the city, had the idol of the deity Saraswati, one of the finest of that time. It has the inscription of the year 1229 AD. It has magnificent temple houses, several artistic and rare idols of Tirthankaras, beautiful images, engraved pillars, rare pieces of art and old Jain manuscripts. The main temple, situated within it, is 10 feet deep inside the Earth and in its lowest floor there is a beautiful idol of Shantinath.
Jain Temples of exquisite marble work
On the crown of the Lord Shantinath, an inscription clearly indicates that the temple is built on Aashaadha Sukla 8,
Glory of Ahimsa
Samvat 1136. This shows that the temple is more than 1000 years old. In the second vedica chamber, there is an idol of the second Tirthankara, Ajitnath. This idol is 74×60 cm in dimension and made of marble. An inscription on the idol is found of Baisak Sukla 13, Sanwat 1209. In front of Bhagwan Ajitnathji idol there is also a marble door with two pillars. The two pillars are decorated with artistic jaina images. In art gallery there are 166 marble an idol of Rishabha made of brown dtone, and two idols of bhagwan Parshvanath with nine headed serpents. A beautiful image of Neminath is also found in art fallery. Several other images made of metals are found in digging in the nearby areas of Ladnun are placed in this art gallery. This temple is built and repaired several times but its magnificence, beauty, purity and calmness is preserved through ages.
In 232 BC Samprati, grandson of Ashoka built a grand jain temple, ruins of this temple are safe in Digambara Jain Greater temple. Ladnun has also witnessed the valour of Great Amarkot (Rathore) who challenged the mighty Mughal Empire. The town of Ladnun in the district has gained its place on the map of the country being the headquarters of the famous Jain Vishva Bharati University which has become a centre of spiritual learnings and knowledge under the leadership of Acharya Tulsi, a great Jain saint, who has propagated the philosophy of ANUVRAT in order to enlighten people in this area of the country. Acharya Tulsis birthplace was also Ladnun and he was awarded Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration in 1993 to 94.
Ladnun has a dry climate with a hot summer. Sand storms are common in summer. The climate of the city is conspicuous by extreme dryness, large variations of temperature and highly variable rainfall. The mercury in the Mercury Barometer keeps on rising intensely from March till June. These are the hottest months. The maximum temperature recorded in the city is 47 °C with 0 °C as the lowest recorded temperature. The average temperature of the city is 23.5 °C. The winter season extends from mid November till the beginning of March. Rainy season is of a short duration from July to mid September. The average rainfall in the city is 36.16 cm & 51.5% humidity.