History of Shantinath Digambar Jain Kshetra
According to History of Shantinath Digambar Jain Kshetra, this place is almost 800 years old. It is believed that the beautiful idol of Lord Shantinath was established by the famous businessman 'Shravak Shreshthi Padashah.' Many other idols of famous and historic temples have been constructed by this businessman. With time the temple was reduced to ruins. Thus it was reconstructed and the restoration of this temple was done by the Jain Community of Shivpuri District in the year 1949.
Temple of Shantinath Digambar Jain Kshetra
The temple of Atishaya Kshetra Nougaja is very ancient. The temple is magnificently decorated with intricate designs. The temple is adorned with beautifully carved spire. It is very huge and tall and is enhances the beauty of the temple. The principal deity of the temple is Lord Shantinath. The Khadgasana miraculous idol is 15 feet in height and is made of brown stone. The idol is about 800 years ancient. Another idol of Lord Shantinath is also present here that was reverenced in the year 2000 A.D. The idol is 9 inch height and is seated in a padmasana posture. It is made of 8 metals.
Apart from these there are many other temple located here. The Kshetra has a museum that houses many ancient idols. All the idols depicting the art and craft work of the ancient period have kept very carefully here.
The temple of Atishaya Kshetra is surrounded by scenic beauty and natural greenery on all sides. A beautiful garden with trees and flowers has been developed for the recreation of the children. The temple organises annual gatherings. On Jyestha Krishna a fair is organized. This is the day of 'Janma', 'Tapa' and 'Moksha' Kalyanaka of Bhagwan Shantinath.
The temple also has provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims. This Atishaya Kshetra is well connected to road, rail and air. Sesai is situated on Agra-Mumbai Road. Taxi is available all time. Buses are also available from Kolaras, Shivpuri, Gwalior, Guna etc. The Kshetra is 1 km away from main road. Shivpuri, Guna Railway Stations are located nearby. The nearest railway station is located in Gwalior that is 125 km away from here.
(Last Updated on : 16-05-2012)
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