(Last Updated on : 15/05/2012)
Parshvanatha Digambar Jain temple located in Pisanhari Marhiyaa is a Jain pilgrimage centre in Madhya Pradesh
. It is an Atishaya Kshetra i.e. Place of Miracles. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Parshvanatha
, the twenty second Tirthankara.
History of Parshvanatha Digambar Jain Temple
According to history Pisanhari Marhiyaa Digambar Jain temple is almost 500 years old. The temple has been famous for its story of development. The temple was constructed by an old woman who lived in the city of Jabalpur during that time. She was a poor woman whose only source of income was grinding of wheat floor by hand driven grinder. One day the lady heard the preaching of a Jain monk that inspired her very much. She decided to build a Jain temple. As there was dearth of money she began working hard instead of asking money from others. Her determination and hard work made her work harder and finally she was able to collected money for the construction of the temple. She went to the top of the hill with an axe and began cleaning and preparing the land for temple making it plane and free from bushes and stones. When the villagers saw her working they too joined her. They all began working hard. At night the old woman stayed at the hill to guard it and also made planning of necessary arrangements for the next day. One day the construction of the temple was completed and she was not left with any money. So the woman did not any money to install gold pots on the top of pinnacle. As she did not want to collect money from the people she began thinking for a solution. Finally she decided to place the two stones of her floor grinder on the top of pinnacle. Thus she sacrificed her only source of income. Those stones are still present on the top of the temple reminding one of her priceless sacrifice. The holy place is named "Pisanhari ki Marhiyaa" in her memory.
According to another legend, the place was ruled by Gond Rajputs about 500 years back. There was a Jain Peshwa who served the king during that time. He has also constructed a Jain Temple on the hill. Thus this place is also known as "Peshwa ki Marhiyaa."
In the vicinity of the Parshvanatha Digambar Jain temple a pond can be seen. Earlier the pond remained dried but after the arrival of Poojya Ganesh Prashadji Varni this pond became full of water. It was possible for his spiritual powers. The pond is still present here and called 'Varni Kund'.
Temple of Parshvanatha Digambar Jain Temple
The temple of Parshvanatha has been built in the year V.S. 1587. It houses two idols. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha. The idol has been beautifully carved and is visited by many devotees from different places. Apart from this there are many other temples located here. There are 13 another temples and small temples that are worth seeing. These includes Samavsaran Mandir, Maan-Stambh i.e. column of dignity, Bhagvan Bahubali, Shri Nandishwar Dweep Jinaalaya and many more.
Being located on a hill, the temple is surrounded by scenic beauty. This place provides proper environment for meditation, practice of penance and other sacred activities. Parshvanatha Digambar Jain Temple organises various religious ceremonies like Das Lakshan Parva
, Kshamavani Parva
and others. It has provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims.
The temple can be easily reached by busses and tempo that are available here. The railway station and the airport are located nearby.