History of Shri Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra
According to history Nainagiri is an ancient place and is considered to be sacred. The place is surrounded by scenic beauty. Nainagiri is the place where Samavsharan of Lord Parshvanatha arrived once. Shri Vardatt and other five ascetic saints also attained Moksha here thus getting rid of the life cycle.
Temple of Shri Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra
Shri Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra is located on a hill. There are 36 Jain Temples situated on the hill and 15 in a valley. The temples have been built magnificently with intricate designs. The temples are adorned with spires. Among these temples one is situated in the midst of a pond that looks very attractive. The temples on the hill are surrounded by a wall.
The eleventh temple of this Kshetra known as Bara Mandir is very old and according to inscriptions of the temple it was constructed in the V.S. 1109. The main deity of the temple is Lord Parshvanatha. It is a standing idol of 4 feet 7 inch in height. It was installed in the temple in V.S. 2015. Apart from this idol there are 13 ancient idols installed in the temple. Out of them 9 idols have been placed on the shrine and rest 4 idols are placed on 4 separate platforms. These idols date back to 11th - 12th century. An idol of Yakshas and Yakshanis can also be seen here. The Yakshini is carved with a child on her lap.
Apart from there are many other temples located here. Among the different temples located on the hill the first one is known as Bade Baba Ka Mandir or Choubeesee Jinalaya. It is big temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha. The idol of the Lord 11 feet in height and is in a standing posture without serpent hoods. It is adorned with an attractive halo in the back and three tier umbrella over the head. There also idols of ascetic saints in standing pose. It is made of white stone and looks magnificent. Another temple situated here is dedicated to Lord Mahavira. The idol is 2 feet height in seated in a padmasana posture. The elegant look of the temple makes it worth visiting. Another beautiful shrine is located 2 kms away from this Kshetra in a forest.
The temple organizes annual function on the Agahan Shukla. It also celebrates the Salvation Anniversary of Lord Parshvanatha on Shravan Shukla. There are provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims.
Shri Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra is well connected to road and rail. Busses of routes Sagar-Bijawar and Sagar-Bakaswaha pass through Dalpatpur. This place is located at the side of Dalpatpur-Bakaswaha Road at a distance of 12 km from Dalpatpur. The Sagar-Damoh is the nearest railway station.
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