JAIN TEMPLES IN BIHAR
PATNA JAIN TEMPLE
2500 Year old, the capital of Bihar State Patna is a historical city and was famous as Kusumpur, Pushppur and other names in the ancient times. There are five temples and a Chaityalayas at present. Several Jain idols are Placed in three museums of of this city- viz. State Museum, Jalan Museum and Kanodia Museum.
In Gulzarbag-Suburb of Patna city, 3 feet high idol of Bhagwan Neminath was established in Samvat 1840. The temple is situated in a garden, where a Statue of Seth Sudarshan of Patliputra is placed. On one side of the garden, foot symbols of Muni Sudarshan Swami are Placed on a high Place which is called Sudarshan Tekri. There are four pools around the Tekri. On the bank of one of the pool, known as 'Kamal Dah' a monument footmarks of Muni Isthool Bhadra are Placed in a Chamber. It is believed he sought salvation along with 500 Munis from this place. Patna is also the birth place of Guru Govindsingh, 10th Guru of Sikhism.
MITHILA JAIN TEMPLE
LOCATION: 38 KMS AWAY FROM JANAKPUR IN DARBHANGA DISTRICT NEAR THE INDO-NEPAL BORDER.
The exact location of this place is not known. However there is a village Mallinagar on Darbhanga- Pusa highway and as such probably it might be the birth place of Tirthankar Mallinath.It was the Capital of Maharaja Janak of Ramayan era and the marriage of his daughter Sita with Rama was held here in Mithila. Archaeological research of this area, as well as around Janakpuri and Mithila is necessary.
KULUHAPAHAD JAIN TEMPLE
LOCATION: 67 KMS AWAY FROM GAYA NEAR DALTANGANJ.
Kuluha mountain is 1595 feet high from the foothill. Its 3 Kms route is hilly. A padma Saovar is within the four walls of a fort over the hill. It is said, during the period of Shankeracharya, the Jain Monuments and idols were thrown away. The archaeologists had found the broken parts of Jain Chaityalya in this Sarovar. In a temple near the pool, an idol of Bhagwan Parshwanath of 2-3rd century is Placed. At a little distance ten idols of different tirthankars are carved in a cave. A little ahead Guha temple is there, and a circular rock which is known as Akash Lochan over which eight ancient footmarks are placed. On the bank of the sarovar, Koleshwari Devi temple is situated, and it is said this temple was a Jain temple whose shape was changed later on. In a Small natural Cave, Idol of Bhagwan Parshwanath having 9 snake- hoods of 12th century is worth seeing.
GUNAVA JAIN TEMPLE
LOCATION: 2 KMS AWAY FROM NAVADA RAIL STATION.
From Patna it is 90 Kms . This is the Kevalgyan Bhumi of the Chief Gandhar of Bhagwan Mahaveer,Indrabhuti Gautam. The Temple at this place is on the roadside where the main Idol of Bhagwan Kunthunath is placed. One temple of Gautam Gandhar is in the middle of a lake where we can reach by crossing measuring about 60 feet. Dharamshala is near the bridge along the road.
GAYA JAIN TEMPLE
LOCATION: 96 KMS AWAY FROM PATNA CITY.
It is the main place of Pilgrimage of Hindus and important religious center of Buddha religion. The Baudhi Vriksha - tree of Knowledge is here under which Gautam Buddha sought knowledge of divinity. Tibbet, China, Japan, Naulakha Thai monasteries are specific are specific worth seeing places in Bodha Gaya.
Jain temple is near Clock Tower. This temple is very neat and clean on the first floor where idols of different Tirthankras are placed. The idol of Bhagwan Chandraprabhu is specifically miraculous. Residential facility in a Jain Bhawan near the temple.
AARA JAIN TEMPLE
LOCATION: 61 KMS AWAY FROM PATNA CITY
Aara city is famous for ancient and attractive temples. At present there are 14 temple and 13 Chaityalayas, out of which some are worth seeing. From the above temples, one is at a distance of two Kms at Masadh and two temples at the distance of three Kms at Dhanupur.
In Dharamkung, there is one Jain Mahilashram and near it on an artificial hill. a huge idol of Bhagwan Bahubali is placed. In Diddhanta Bhawan, Unique collection of scriptures can be seen. It is said, this is the place where atrocities on a Munisangh were held which they endured peacefully and gave an example of bravery. Jain Dharamshala existing.
MANDAR GIRI JAIN TEMPLE
LOCATION: 49 KMS AWAY FROM BHAGALPUR CITY. NEAREST VILLAGE BOOSI 3 KM AND RAILWAY STATION IS MANDARHILL.
The ancient and historic city of Champapuri, whose expansion was considered to be 40 Kausa more than a miles Mandargiri Hill, therefore, according to Jain belief Bhagwan Vasupoojya attained Moksha in the beautiful garden of Mandir Hill. Some people are of the opinion that Bhagwan vashupoojya only took Deekhsa and Moksha Kalyanaka here. It is also heard and known that one of the Gandhar (chief disciple) of Vasupoojya Shreemandar too attained Nirvana (salvation) from here.
The 700 feet high hill is about 1 km and step have been constructed by cutting rocks. There exists papa-Harni Sarovar (Pool) at the foothill. There are two temples on the hill. In the Garbhgriha of the temple the ancient foot symbols of Bhagwan Vasupoojya are placed. On the way uphill there are some Hindu temples and idols carved over rocks. According to Hindu concept this is very legendry Mandrachal while using Shesha Naag as rope and Mandrachal as the skimming rod the gods and demigods skimmed the sea (Sagar Manthan) and obtained 14 jewels.
The office of this Kshetra is at Boosi Gram where in a Jain temple the greenish idol of Bhagwan Vasupoojya in Padmasan posture is placed. Two pairs of foot symbols are also there.
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