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Nearly 45 cms high black-colored idol of Bhagawan Munisuvrat Swami in the
Padmsana posture in the Svetambar temple (Vipulachal Hill).
The group tirth on the five hills near the Rajgiri village.
This tirth belongs to the times of Bhagawan Munisuvrat Swami, the
twentieth Tirthakara. This is the Holy Land of four Kalyanakas (events of
a Tirthankara’s life which are beneficent to the world) of Munisuvrat
Swami namely, chyavan, birth, diksa and attainment of omniscience. This is
the place of the first breakfast (parna) following the severe penance of
Vasupujyaswami, the twelfth Tirthankara. Mahavir Swami, the last
Tirthankara, wandered about on the hills of this ancient tirth during his
fourteen monsoon sojourns. The eleven gandharas, Laddhinidhan, Gautam
Swami, and others attained here the final liberation. This was the capital
of Maharaja Shrenik; the Shravak most devoted to Mahavir. In ancient
times, the city was known by the names-charankapur, Rusabhpur, Girivraj,
Kushagrapur, Vasumati, Panchashail etc. Bhagawan Mahavir wandered about on
this hill many times during the times of King Shrenik and King Ajatashatr.
The grandeur of this tirth is sung with praise in many tirthmalas. In
svetambar and Digambar literature, there are many references to this great
tirth. This was the special place of Bhagawan Buddha. The first conference
of Buddhist sadhus met here. After attaining omniscience, Bhagawan Mahavir
gave his first sermons here. Details of the five hills of this group tirth
of Rajgruhi are as under: -
Ratnagiri Hill : On
the way to this hill, there is a dangerous narrow arm of the sea going
into the land. There is a separate road for descending. In it there are
1277 steps On this hill, there are foot-idols of Neminath, Parshvanath
AbhinandanSwami, Chandraprabha and Shantinath. The Udaygiri Hill :- For
climbing this hill, there are 782 steps. On this hill, there is a temple
of Bhagawan Samvaliya Parshvanath. At the foot of the hill, there is a
Bhatighar, the center for giving food to the pilgrims for use on the
The Svarnagiri Hill
: There are 1064 steps on this hill. There are foot idols of Bhagawan
Adishvar and Bhagawan Mahavir.
The Vibhavgiri Hill
: There are
531 steps on this hill. There are five temples in which there are idols
and foot-idols of Mahavir Swami, Munisuvrat Swami, Dhanna Shalibhadra,
Gautam Swami and others. The ruins of ancient temples and the ancient
caves on this hill are worth seeing.
This city is also a tirth
of many religious besides the Jain religion. The healthy climate of this
place is world famous. The streams of warm water here are very good for
health. This land is full of much grandeur, full of many ancient remains
and sanctified by footsteps of infinite siddhas and Tirthankaras. Every
particle of this Holy Land is very great and holy. This sacred place
should be pilgrimaged at least once in life.
At the foot of the hill in the Rajgiri village, there are Svetambar and
Digambar temples. Besides a Burmese Buddhist temple and a Japanese
Buddhist temple are there. There are also many temples on the five hills
and they are described in history.
of art and Sculpture:
The ancient idols in the Svetambar and Digambar temples at the foot of the
hills are artistic and sighty. The idols in broken temples on the
Vaibhavgiri hill are very splendid and delightful to see. At present, they
are not worshipped and they are under jurisdiction of the archeological
department. This temple is believed to belong to the eighth century. The
hot water stepped wells (kunds) here are very old. The temples and caves
on all the five hills are worth seeing. It is desirable journey in a group
on this hill. In the journey children and women should be kept close by.
It is proper to take guides for protection.
railway station of Rajgiri is at a distance of two kilometers from the
temple. Bus service and private vehicles are available. Boarding and lodging
provisions are there. A splendid and artistic temple based on ancient
sculpture was recently built. The idol was installed in it under the
auspices of Acharya Kailas Sagarsurishvarji in the year 2017 of the vikram
era. There is a very lovely garden all around the temple. Besides, there
are jnanabhandars and center for instructions has been established. The
world peace step built by Japan and ropeway are chief centers of
Bandar Tirth, Rajgiri - 803116,
Dist : Nalanda, State - Bihar, India.