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Nearly 2550 cms.high, brown-colored idol of Bhagawan Adinath in the
It is on the highest Chulgiri peak of the Satpuda hill.
It is believed that this idol was made and installed nearly 3000 years
ago. The stone inscriptions and the artistic images on the hill show the
antiquity of this place. The world-famous idol is made from a single
stone. Not only in India but in the whole world, it is difficult to find
such a splendid, attractive and beautiful idol. On the face of the idol of
Bhagawan Adinath in the Kayotsarga posture, there are expressions of
detachment and peace. It arouses deep devotion in the heart of the
pilgrim. The sculpture of this idol is extraordinary. Every organ and
sub-organ is well-shaped. On the face, there are expressions, of aversion
to worldly pleasures, compassion and a smile. The height of the idol which
is 84 feet is, it seems, indicative of the prayer to liberate the devotees
from 84 lakhas of yonis. In olden times, the length of hand was roughly
called a gaj. Since this idol was nearly 52 hands high, the idol is called
bavangajaji. Kumbhakarna, the younger brother of Ravana, the King of Shri
Lanka and Indrajit, the son of Ravana together with many sadhus attained
here the final liberation. Their ancient foot-idols are here. Every twelve
years, the festival of Mahamastakabhisek is celebrated. On that occassion
innumerrable pilgrims come here from the whole of India and get the
benefit of Godís worship.
On this hill, there are ten other temples and many ancient idols. The 400
cms high idol of Bhagawan Shantinath in the Khadgasana posture is
extremely ancient. There are 21 other temples at the foot of the hill.
of art and Sculpture:
The artistry of the ancient idols of this place is very delightful. It is
almost impossible to guess with what faith, patience, perserverence,
interest and carefulnmess architects built the idols on the hill in the
thick forest. From this hill one can see the river Narmada flowing in the
front. The scene is indeed full of beauty and wonder.
The nearest railway station of Mahuva is at a distance of 130 kilometers,
Khandva is at a distance of 185 kilometers and the nearest village of
Badva is at a distance of 8 kilometers. The ascending road on the hill
begins from this village. There are 800 steps for climbing the hill.
Swinging cots are available for the old and the weak. Bus service and
private vehicles are available for going to and coming from the foot of
the hill. . There are Boarding and lodging provisions.
Digambar Jain Siddhakshetra (Bavanagajaji)
Gam - Badvani 451551, Dist - Khargon, State : Madhya Pradesh, India.
Shri Aadishvar Bhagwan