(Last Updated on : 02/05/2012)
Mangi-Tungi is a popular pilgrimage centre for the Jains. It is a twin-pinnacled peak with a plateau in between. It is located in near Tahrabad about 125 km from Nashik
. The place is a Sidda Kshetra i.e. one where someone attains final liberation or Nirvana
from world. Mangi is the western pinnacle which is 4,343 ft (1,324 m) high above sea level Tungi is the eastern pinnacle which is 4,366 ft (1,331 m) high. Bhilwadi is a base village of Mangi - Tungi.
There are many temples located in Mangi-Tungi which is regarded as sacred in Jainism
. The Holy place is also related to Lord Rama
, Lord Krishna
and his elder brother Balarama. There is a Cave named Balbhadra Cave where idols of Balarama and many others are installed. There are several idols of Jain Tirthankaras
who are depicted is various postures like Padmasana
and kayotsarga. The route to the peaks originates right from the base village, Bhilwadi. There are almost 4,500 steps that lead to the foot of the peak. Apart from the Balbhadra Cave there are many other caves of Jain Tirthankaras like Lord Mahavira
, Lord Adinath, Lord Shantinath
and Lord Parshvanatha
. Every year during the month of Kartika
that comes during September-October, a grand fair is organized. The fair is visited by many people from different places.
There are many inscriptions on the rocks that have been written in Sanskrit language. These have been depicted in the caves of Adinath and Shantinath but with time the inscriptions have become blurred. An inscription of V. S. 1400 is still there in Adinath Cave. Mulher`s Rathor King, Viramdeo`s name is written in many inscriptions. He was the ruler almost 400 years ago and when he proceeded for a war he used to salute Devi Chakreshvari. He constructed many temples on both the hill Mangi and Tungi. Many idol installed in V.S. 651 can also be seen here.
The route from the archway that directs to the left leads to Mangi Giri. The Mangi Pinnacle is not very high. Seven old temples and many images of `charanas` (feets) of saints are located here
Along the base of the pinnacle are 356 carvings of Mahavir, Adinath, Parshvanath, Lord Hanuman
, etc. There is also a temple of Mangigiri here. A pond named Krishna Kund is situated here which is believed to have been a witness of the last days of Lord Krishna. According to texts, Balarama had also practiced salvation here and achieved the fifth heaven.
The route from the archway, directing towards right leads to Tungi Giri. The Tungi Pinnacle is taller than Mangi. There are 2 caves and five temples on the way. The two caves have been named on Lord Chandraprabha
, the 8th Tirthankara, and other is Ram Chandra Cave. There are also two Caves of Shuddha and Buddha Munies (ascetic saints) and a Colossus of Bhagwan Munisuvrat Nath in Padmasana
posture. In one of these caves there is a temple of Tungigiri. Apart from these there are 99 carvings of Lord Buddha
in these caves. In one cave there is an idol of Ram`s chief of army Kritantvakra in the stage of ascetic saint. There are also ancient idols of Hanuman, Gava, Gavaksha, Neel etc. Beautiful stone carvings of Yakshas and Yakshanis
(attendants of the Tirthankaras) and Lord Indra
can be seen here.