JAIN TEERTH - BIHAR AND JHARKHAND
We have special CAR RENTAL TAXI SERVICES AND TEMPO TRAVELLER packages to visit Jain Teerth kshetra located across Bihar & Jharkhand. One can start his journey landing at Patna or Ranchi Airport by flight, from sri sammed shikharji reaching Parasnath Railway Station or from sri champapur- Bhagalpur Railway Station.
Follow the footprints of Lord Mahavira born in Vaishali a village in the district by the same name. Jainism's stance on nonviolence goes much beyond vegetarianism. Jains refuse food obtained with unnecessary cruelty. Many are vegan due to the violence of modern dairy farms, and others exclude root vegetables from their diets in order to preserve the lives of the plants from which they eat. Potatoes, garlic and onions in particular are avoided by Jains. Devout Jains do not eat, drink, or travel after sunset.
The Jain sangha divided into two major sects, Digambar and Svetambar, Jains believe all souls are equal because they all possess the potential of being liberated and attaining Moksha. Tirthankars and Siddhas are role models only because they have attained Moksha. Jains believe that every human is responsible for his/her actions and all living beings have an eternal soul, jīva. It insists that we live, think and act respectfully and honor the spiritual nature of all life. Jains view God as the unchanging traits of the pure soul of each living being, chiefly described as Infinite Knowledge, Perception, Consciousness, and Happiness (Ananta Jnana, Ananta Darshana, Ananta Caritra, and Ananta Sukha).
JAIN TEERTH KSHETRA IN BIHAR AND JHARKHAND
Shikharji (Parasnath Jain Teerth Kshetra)
This is one of the most imprtant pilgrimage centre believe to be the place where twenty of the twety four Tirthankaras along with many other saints attained Nirvana. Shikharji (Śikharji) means venerable peak. The site is also called Sammed Sikhar or Sammet Shikhar, meaning the peak of concentration. The word Parasnath is derived from Parshvanatha, the twenty-third Tirthankara of Jains, who also attained nirvana at the site.
The pilgrimage to Shikharji is a round trip of 30 kilometre through the Madhuban forest. The section from Gandharva Nala stream to the summit is the most sacred to Jains. The pilgrimage is made on foot or by a doli' (palanquin, palkhi or litter) carried by a doli wallah along a concrete paved track. Along the track are shrines to each of the twenty revered Tirthankaras and vendors of tea, coffee, water, fruits and snacks. There is a option for parikrama of whole Parasnath Hill of 54km. The pathway of parikrama is throughout the forest and is only for walking.
The temple at Shikharji is a new construction with some parts dating to the eighteenth century. However, the idol itself is very old. Sanskrit inscriptions at the foot of the image date to 1678 AD. At the base of Shikharji is a temple to Bhomiyaji (Taleti). On the walls of the Jain Temple at the village of Madhuban, there is a mural painting depicting all the temples on Parasnath Hill. Temples along the track include.
Shri Mandargiri Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra
This is one of the most revered place related to Salvation of 12th Teerthankar 1008 Bhagawan Vasupoojya Swami. This place is related to the three Kalyanka – Tup, Gyan & Moksha of Bhagawan Vasupoojya. It means that this is the place where Vasupoojya Swami accepted penance, achieved the super natural knowledge and finally got salvation the final liberation from world. His first precept was also delivered here.
There is a very beautiful Jain temple decorated by the work of glass and sculptor. This temple with high pinnacles has an attractive Coral Colored idol of Lord Vasupoojya in cross legged seating posture.
From Dharamshala, towards Hill at 500 Meters distance there is a beautiful temple, unique example of architectural art, has an idol of white stone of Lord Vasupoojya Swami.
Shri Champapur Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra Bada Mandir, Nathnagar, Bhagalpur
Shri Champapur Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra Bada Mandir is palace of salvation and is the only Teerth Sthala which is adorned with all five “kalyanka” of Teerthankar Vasupoojya Swami. Champapur is quite ancient and historic Teerth Kshetra. Champapur is the only ‘Panch Kalyanaka Kshetra’ in the world. It is related to Panch Kalyanaka: – (i) Garbha, (ii) Janma, (iii) Tapa, (iv) Gyan and (v) Moksha” of 12th Teerthankar Bhagwan Vasupoojya (The first ascetic saint).
The Champapur was the capital of ‘Anga Janpada’. The Anga Janpada was one of the 52 Janpadas established by Adi Teerthankar Bhagwan Rishabh Deo. Champapur also existed as Maha Janpada among the six Maha Janpadas during the time of Bhagwan Mahaveer Swami.
The Main temple is quite ancient and is believe to be 2500 yrs old and is symbolic of ‘Panch Kalyanaka’ is adorned with 5 altars magnificent spire and fame. The idol of Bhagwan Vasupoojya is quite attractive and miraculous which is made of ‘Ashtadhu’ alloy of eight metals. Besides this there are various other temples like Bhagwan Adinath Jinalaya, Bhagwan Bahubali, Ganadhar Mandar, Bhagwan Shantinath, Bhagwan Mahaveer Swami Mandir, Bhagwan Simadhar, Bhagwan Parashvanath surmounted by 7 serpent hood is installed in the temple complex.
Shri Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra Rajgrahi
Also known as Panch Pahadi (Rajgrahi) is the famous pilgrimage centre for Jains Teerth from ancient times. Twentieth Teerthankar Bhagwan MuniSuvratnath’s four Kalyanka – Garbha, Janma, Tapa and Gyan (Jnan) were celebrated at this sacred place. This place was capital of King Jarasandha (Contemporary to Lord Krishna & Bhagwan Neminath) and capital of the emperor of Magadha King Shrenik (Bimbsar). King Shrenik was the principal disciple of Bhagwan Mahaveer. Rajgrahi had the great strategic importance also at that time.
From the five hills of Rajgrahi – Vipulachala, Ratnagiri, Udaigiri, Arungiri (Swarngiri) and Vaibhavgiri. So many ascetic saints attained salvation going through deep meditation and penance. Jivandhara, Swet Sundarva, Vaishakha, Vidyuchchara, Gandhamadana, Preetinkara, Dhandatta are famous among them. So this place is also famous as Siddha Kshetra.
Bhagwan Mahaveer stayed here in Chaturmaas (Four months period of rainy season), fourteen times in the state of Muni. His first Samavsharan was also established here on Vipulachala after attaining Kevalgyan (omniscience) and he delivered his first precept from here for the persons and all living beings desiring to get free from the mesh of worldly worries and affairs.
At Rajgrahi Kshetra is decorated with at least 10 temples with huge spires and 02 temples in the valley. The five magnificent temples are constructed on Vipulachala, 2 temples at Udaigiri where some ancient temples have been digged idols recovered from here has been placed in Lal Mandir in the valley. On fourth hill Swarnagiri there are three temples on the way one cross the cave where Jain Odols are varved on the walls. The five temples are established on the last hill of Vaibhavgiri here a huge ancient temples has been found after digging which consist of 24 rooms and is beived to be 1200 yrs old. One can also see a pair of foot images of Ganadhar Bhagwan are owrth seeing.
Shri Kundalpur Digambar Jain Atishaya Kshetra, Near Nalanda
Shri Kundalpur Digambar Jain Teerth Kshetra is situated in Nalanda District of Bihar State. This is the belief of devotees from centuries that this is the sacred place of Bhagwan Mahaveer’s Garbha, Janma & Tapa Kalyanaka. Nalanda is also famous world wide for Nalanda University of ancient India.
At Kundalpur there is a huge magnificent & attractive temple with beautiful spires, in this temple an attractive Bhagwan Mahaveer’s Padmasana idol 4½ feet in height, while in color is installed. Out side the temple in an ancient umbrella, foot images of Bhagwan are installed.
There are various other temples worth visiting like magnificent ‘Keerti Stambha’ is worth seeing, 8 idols of Bhagwan Mahaveer are installed in this.
Beautiful picturization of 16 dreams seen by ‘Rani Trishala’ – the mother of Bhagwan Mahaveer and foot images of her installed here are also worth seeing.
In an umbrella, foot images of ‘Gautam Ganadhara’ – the chief Ganadhara of Bhagwan Mahaveer are also installed. Foot images of great ‘Acharya Bhatta Akalanka Dev’ are also installed here. He is the author of ‘Ashta Shati’ – a great text on Indian Philosophy. ‘Ashta Shati’ is the commentary by Akalanka Dev on ‘Devagama Stotra or Apta-Meemansa’ of great ‘Acharya Swami Samantbhadra’.
An art gallery of pictures & photos related to Bhagwan Mahaveer is worth seeing.
‘Nandyavarta Mahal’ – a palace where Bhagwan Mahaveer were born, ‘Trikal Chaubeesee Mandir’ & Nava Griha Shanti Mandir are under construction here.
Shri Vaishali Digambar Jain Tirtha Kshetra, Vaishali
35 kms from Patna Bihar State Capital.
This place is also known as the birth place of Bhagwaan Mahavir. There are 3 ancient Digambar Jain temples here. The small Mahavir idol is very old and miraculous and is said to be 2000 years old.