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Nearly 18 cms. long, black-colored foot-idol of Bhagawan Mahavir Swami.
It is in the center of the lake outside the Pavapuri village.
In ancient times this tirth was a city of the Magadhas., Its ancient name
was ‘Apapapuri’. This tirth is the place of the last monsoon sojourns
of Mahavir Swami. Many kings and rich merchants came to hear the sermons
of Bhagawan Mahavir. Bhagawan Mahavir preached and initiated many people.
Since their doubts were removed, eleven Brahmins with 4400 disciples took
diksa from Bhagawan. Bhagawan Mahavir appointed these eleven Brahmins as
Gandharas. After giving his final sermons Bhagawan attained Nirvan on this
land on the fifteenth day of the dark half of the month of Ashvin and on
that dark night in the absence of Bhagawan, the gem of a lamp, people
lighted innumerable lamps and in memory of that day, the whole city shines
brightly with the light of thousands of lamps on the Diwali day even now.
Nandivardhan, the elder brother of Bhagawan built a small temple and
installed the foot-idols of Bhagawan in them at the place of his last
sermons. The temple is known today as Jalmandir. Under instructions of His
Holiness Acharya Vijayramchandrasuri Maharaj Saheb, a splendid samavasaran
was built on the sixth day of the bright half of the month of Magh in the
year 2013 of the Virak era. 87 cm high, four idols of Bhagawan Mahvir were
installed in it. In front of the samavasaran in this temple, there are
idols of Mulnayak Mahavir Swami, Gautam Swami and Sudharma Swami. Since
this is the land of nirvana of the last Tirthankara Bhagawan Mahvir every
particle of this land deserves to be worshipped. The pure atmosphere of
pure atoms and molecules of this place gives spiritual peace.
The samvasaran of Bhagawan Mahvir, the new temple and a temple in the
village are there.
of art and Sculpture:
The style of construction of this Jalmandit in the center of the lake full
of lotus flowers, is really wonderful and indescribable. The mere sight of
lotus flowers reminds one of Bhagawan Mahavir. As soon as the devoted
pilgrims enters the Jalmandir, forgets the outside atmosphere and becomes
engrossed in God’s worship. The sacred and pure atmosphere of sadhana
delights the heart. It is said that from the funeral place of Bhagawan,
groups of gods and multitudes of men took sway the ashes of Bhagawan’s
body and those who could not get the ashes, took sway the earth mixed with
ashes and, therefore, a deep pit was formed there and the pit is this
Jalmandir. The ancient idols in Svetambar and Digambar temples are also
very spectacular. The new samavasaran built by the Acharya is also
constructive and splendid.
The nearest railway station of Pavapuri Road is at a distance of 10
kilometers and the nearest big town of Bihar sharif is at a distance of 14
kilometers. Bus service and private vehicles are available. There are good
boarding and lodging provisions in the village and near the samvasaran
Svetambar Bhandar Tirth, Pavapuri, Dist : Nalanda, State : Bihar, India.