(Last Updated on : 19/05/2012)
Shri Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra located in Pavagiri Una in Madhya Pradesh
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. It is a Siddha Kshetra i.e. Place of Salvation.
History of Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra
According to history of Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra an ancient temple built in 12th century during the period of Parmars is located here. The king of Malwa, Ballal, was once suffering from severe illness. By the grace of the Lord he recovered and thought of constructing 100 temples here. He however, could build only 99 temples. Thus this place is known as Una meaning one less than 100.
This temple was later went missing from the minds of the people. It was again searched in the year 1914 by Seth Shri Harsubhji of Susari who came to visit Una. A man was appointed here for worshipping in the temple. Latter on an attractive idol of Lord Mahavira
was installed here in V.S. 1252. The idol is seated in a padmasana
posture and was later found from an underground place. In V.S. 1953 a dharamshala was being constructed when an idol of Lord Sambhavnath
was discovered. The idol was 3 feet in height and is seated in a padmasana posture. This was installed in V.S. 1218. A pair of foot images was also found with this idol.
It is said that four ascetic saints had attained nirvana
here. One of them was Suvarnbhadra. The others belonged to the period of Lord Chandraprabha
, the 8th Tirthankara.
Temple of Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra
The Main temple of Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra is situated on a hill 500 meters away from Dharmshala. The temple is spread over a vast area and has been magnificently decorated with intricate designs. The temple houses the deity of Lord Shantinath
and a 12 feet high standing colossus. The idol was installed in V.S. 1263. Two other idols of Lord Kunthunath
and Lord Aranath
are seen in a standing posture on both sides. The idols are 8 feet in height. Another attractive temple is located in the ground of Dharmshala. The principal deity of the temple is Lord Mahavira
that is 2 feet 2 inches in height. Apart from these there are five other temples located on the hill that have been magnificently carved.
The temple being located on a hill is surrounded by scenic beauty that mesmerises the pilgrims. Annual gatherings are also organised in the temple. The Mastakabhishek function is organized once in 8 to 10 years. The temple has provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims.
Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra is well connected to road, rail and air. Busses are available from Khandwa
, Sanawad, Juluanian, Indore
, Khargone, Barwani. The nearest railway stations are located at Khandwa, Sanawad and Indore. Busses are available from these stations. The nearest airport is located at Indore.