(Last Updated on : 20/03/2015)
Bawangaja is a Jain centre of pilgrimage, located in Barwani district
of Madhya Pradesh
. This place in Madhya Pradesh is one of the prime attractions of the tourists of national and international level and the Jain
s pilgrims as well.
Bawangaja is one of is a famous Jain pilgrim centre in the Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh.
Statue of Lord Adinatha in Bawangaja
The main attraction in Bawangaja is the world's tallest statue, (carved out of mountain) of the first Jain Tirthankara Lord Adinatha. The statue of Lord Adinatha is 84 feet (26 m) high. This was created early in the 12th century. The statue of Lord Adinatha is supported from the back unlike one at Shravanabelagola
. This Jain pilgrimage centre is located in the Satpura ranges and is 8 kilometers from a Barwani town.
Satpura Mountain in Bawangaja
The mountains of Satpura
had been the favourite place of great ascetics and preceptors for practicing penance for Jains. The land of Bawangaja had been the land of penance for several great religious dignities. In the middle of the Satpura Mountain range in Central India, at the height of 4,000.6 feet, is the idol of the founder of Jainism the first Tirthankar Rishabh Deva, carved on single stone, with height of 25.6 metres. This place is known as Bawangaja. The idol of Tirthankar Rishabh Deva here is the highest in the world and rich in art. For hundreds of years this captivating idol, standing in the posture of meditation, exhibits the heights of detachment, quietness, art and expressions.
Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra Chulgiri
Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra, Chulgiri has the huge magnificent tallest idol of India. This Jain pilgrimage centre is made by carving live rock. This 84 feet high Khadgasan idol of Bhagwana Adinath is made in brown stone. As no written evidence is available regarding its construction it is very difficult to say anything about its construction period. The idol of Bhagwan Adinath stands on base of mountain just like the idol of Gomteshwar Bahubali of Shravanbelgola. The hands of idol are not joined with legs but are made separate. The structural art and the style of this idol is unique and it is in perfect proportion. The various parts of idol are quite symmetrical. There is balanced image of all emotions like joy, mercy and separation on the face of this idol. On the left side huge idol of Bawangaja Bhagwan Adinatha is the 4 armed Gomukh Yaksha and on the right side the very artistic idol of 16 armed Yakshi Chakreshvary is established. Because of the large size of idol one can not got complete view of idol by standing on feet of this idol. Therefore in order to get complete view one has to stand a little distance away from the idol in Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra, Chulgiri.
Chulgiri Temple of Bawangaja
The idol of Bhagwan aadinathji carved artistically on a stone slab present here is also quite worth seeing. The Chulgiri temple in Bawangaja is also situated on the hilltop and this temple is also called as Siddha Bhoomi. The Indrajeet, Kumbhakaran and the various other scholars attained emancipation through the self-meditation. This is ancient and spired temple whose construction and restoration according to inscription was done in Samvat 1116, 1223 and 1508. The 3 ancient foot images of Indrajeet, Kumbhakaran and the other are present in this temple. Except foot images the two idols of Bhagwan Mallinath and Chandraprabhu are installed in the main altar. Moreover the several idols are installed on both sides in the main assembly hall.