One of the glories of Jainism is its
heritage of magnificent temple architecture. Two of its outstanding
developments are the temple-cities, some of which have hundreds of shrines
from many different periods, and the fretted ceilings and ornamented
pillars with their delicately carved figures and flowers in marble,
perhaps the finest of their kind in the world. The numerous modern
temples in the towns and cities are smaller and undistinguished.
Jain homes incorporate domestic shrines.
According to scriptural instruction, they are supposed to be made of wood,
and some with elaborately carved doors and door-frames have survived.