(Last Updated on : 11-02-2015)
Sonagiri temples are scattered around Sonagiri which is located about 60 km from Gwalior
, Madhya Pradesh
. Sinagiri means 'golden peak'. Sonagiri is chiefly the site of the Digambar sect
of Jains. There are more than 100 temples
that attract visitors and tourists. This holy place is famous among devotees and saints
to practice for self discipline, austerity, and to attain salvation.
History of Sonagiri Temples
speaks that King Nanganag Kumar had attained salvation and was liberated from the cycles of death and life in this very place. Millions of his devotees took his path to liberation. Thus, Jain saints who seek deliverance or practice the paths to nirvana
, flock to this place.
Deities and Architecture of Sonagiri Temples
The foremost temple has an idol of Chandraprabhu
, 11 feet in height. There are 77 striking Jain Temples
in the hills and 26 temples in villages
. Temple no. 57 on the hill is actually the main temple. It consists of a captivating spire. Two other idols of Lord Sheetalnath
and Parsvanath are installed beside the chieftain. There is a column of dignity (Maanstambh), 43 feet in height, also a model of Samavsharan. The samavsharan of Lord Chandraprabhu came here 17 times. Nang, Anang, Chintagati, Poorchand, Ashoksen, Shridatta and many such saints achieved salvation from here.
This is a remarkable place known as Laghu Sammed Shikar covering the area of 132 acres, spanning two hills. A pillar of white stone outside the temple is bound to catch one's eye, with its intrinsic carvings; there are 'chatris' (cenotaphs) on three sides of the pillar showcasing images of all Jain Tirthankaras
. Temple no.60- Pisan Hari ka Mandir was built by a poor woman grinding grains with a millstone. Temple no.59 or the 'Gumbajdwar' has minars on all sides. The annual festival is held from Falgun Shukla 14th to Chaitra Krishna 5th.
Connectivity to Sonagiri Temples
This holy place is well connected via roadway, railway
. Sonagiri lies on Datia Gwalior road hence it is easily accessible from chief towns. Buses can be availed from Gwalior, Datia
to reach Sonagiri. The nearest railhead is Sonagiri railway station which lies on Agra Jhansi railway line. The closest airport
to Sonagiri is Gwalior.