Ghantai, which means 'bell', is the local name for these ruins because of the carvings of bells on its slim pillars. All that stands, now - behind a vandal-excluding fence - is the remains of the entrance porch and its maha-mandap or assembly hall. The carvings inscribed on the main beam, on top of the door are the sixteen auspicious signs seen in a dream by Lord Mahavira's mother.
Devotees of the Jaina religion believe that Lord Mahavira was the last Tirthankar, or liberated spiritual guide, to walk the earth.(See Box : The Jains) There is, therefore, every reason to believe that this was a Jaina temple and it was probably larger than the one that lies ahead, the Parsvanatha Temple.