(Last Updated on : 21/05/2012)
Shri Digambar Jain Kshetra located in Papouraji in Madhya Pradesh
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. It is an Atishaya Kshetra i.e. Place of Miracles. There are many temples located here of the ancient period.
History of Papouraji
According to the history Papouraji is more than 800 years old. The place is surrounded by scenic beauty and is surrounded by a vast rampart of 3 km at a distance of 5 km in the east of Tikamgarh
. This Kshetra has 108 artistic temples. Papoura is also known as Pampapur. A dense forest named as Ramanna i.e. Forest of Lord Rama is located in the vicinity of this kshetra. It is believed that Lord Rama
had visited and spent some time at this place during his 14 years of exile. There are two underground basements and one of them has three idols. The temple is associated with many legends and miracles. A pond exists here in the temple premises. According to one miracle if a person wrote a list of utensils in a paper and dropped in the pond, then who receive tem for use. After using and cleaning it they were to be returned to the pond. The utensils would disappear. The miracle does not happen now because a person had not returned the utensils received from the pond.
A well can be seen here and is known as 'Patrakhan Well'. As per the legend an elderly women had organized a party when the construction of the temple was complete. During the celebrations the water of the well was over. The old woman then went down into the well and prayed to the lord with full devotion. A miracle then took place, water began flowing in the well and the woman inside was also lifted up by the force of the water. Slowly the level of the water increased. The well can still be seen near the mess of school here. The temple is said to have miraculous powers. It is said if one prays here with full devotion and dedication then his desires get fulfilled.
Temple of Digambar Jain Kshetra
The temple of Digambar Jain Kshetra is very ancient. It has been magnificently carved with intricate designs. The principal deity of the temple is Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
. The idol is made of black stone and is very attractive. It is 2 feet and 8 inch in height. There are many more idols on either side of the main idols. These are also of the same colour. All the three idols were installed in V.S. 1202 and are oldest at this Kshetra. The temple is adorned with sky high spires and has been embellished with attractive designs. The existence of Meru, Matha, Garbha Griha
and Manastambha adorn this place and make it more attractive.
Among the different temples located here four temples date back to ancient times. These are temple No. 5, 7, 41 and 42. The oldest temple located here is in the basement. Temple No. 7 and 41 are Meru Mandir. Among these temples five of them belong to 17th and 18th century. The main places located are as follows:
- This is the oldest place and it is popular as 'Sabha Mandapa'. In the centre of this place a temple has been created. The place is enclosed by 12 Mathas depicting the ancient style. The designs appear to be like the 12 assemblies of Samavsharan. There are two underground basements located here. One of them is very high and vast with 3 rooms. One room is almost 22 feet X 9 feet in size.
- There are 6 temples situated in each direction. These surround a big temple. All the temples house an idol of Tirthankara. This type of Chaubeesee is very rare to be seen.
- This is a magnificent temple decorated with artistic designs. The principal deity of this temple is Lord Chandraprabha
. The idol is almond colored and is seen in a standing posture. It is 7 feet and 3 inch in height and has been very attractively carved. In V.S. 1524 it was installed in the temple. The temple also houses 9 other idols which are also very ancient. Out of this temple an artistic pavilion can be seen standing on four pillars.
- The temple is in the shape of a chariot. This 75th temple located in Papouraji is strikingly beautiful and has been artistically designed.
- This is a round shaped temple dedicated to Lord Bahubali. The magnificent temple stands on 24 pillars in 225 feet circumference. The idol of the Lord is 15 feet in height and is seen in a standing posture. Apart from the main idol there are idols of 24 Jain Tirthankars
installed in 24 tiny temples around the wall. Four Manastambhas a have also been constructed in V.S. 1999, 2006, 2013 and 2015.
Digambar Jain Kshetra is enveloped by natural beauty. There are four gardens that have been created here which bear beautiful flowers and fruits. Pilgrims come and relax here. The dense series of high trees surrounding the temple also enhances the beauty of the place. The temple organises annual festival from Kartik Shukla 13 to 15 every year. It has provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims visiting the temple.
Digambar Jain Kshetra is well connected to road, rail and air. Tonga, Auto Rickshaw and busses are available at Tikamgarh for Papoura. Tikamgarh lies on Kanpur
-Sagar Road. Lalitpur
Station existing on Central Railway is the nearest Railway station here.