is located 16 Kms from Jaipur. It is also known for
exquisite Jain temples. Moreover, it is an important centre for
crafts and hand-printed textiles that is internationally famous.
The most beautiful temple in Sanganer is the ancient Shri
Digamber Jain temple. The temple has fine carvings as those
of the magnificent Dilwara temples of Mount Abu. Built in
various phases with sky-high shikharas (spires), the temple
represents an old style of architecture. The last phase was
probably built in the 10th century. The beautiful nij-mandir
(inner temple) is a stone shrine with three pinnacles. In the
centre is an idol of Parshwanath with 7 serpent hoods. All
around it, are carvings of lotuses, creepers and elephants
pouring water from pitchers held in their trunks. But the main
idol is that of Adinath, installed in the shrine behind this.
The town is most famous for its hand paper and mostly
screen-printed fabric. The fabric is popular for small floral
designs. A wide variety of material for apparels, furnishing and
curtaining is available. Some of the traditional designs were
produced in the patronage of the royal family. It is a beautiful
sight to see brightly colour fabric drying out in the sun near
Jai Singh II set up a paper business in Sanganer on the
outskirts of Jaipur. It is said that in the 16th century, the
ruler of Amber, Raja Man Singh, brought Kagzis to Sanganer
(situated on the bank of Saraswati River, where abundant clear
water was available). The town emerged as one of the biggest
paper making centres in northern India. In between, however the
industry did get a setback, but after independence, the Khadi
and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) included the handmade
paper in its agenda for promotion of crafts.
is famous for Kagazi mohulla (handmade paper) and block
printing and is the world's largest centre of hand-made paper.
Sanganer is blessed with water and open spaces, essential for
papermaking. From here the Kagzis enjoyed patronage of the royal
court of Sawai Man Singh and his successors. Today there are
about 10 hand-made paper industries in Sanganer, all owned by
Kagzis. Of these the largest is Salim Kagzi's Handmade Paper and
Board Industries. All Sanganer paper makers are the largest
producers of hand-made paper in the world. The airport of Jaipur
is also located in Sanganer.