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 Digambar Jain temple Shri Hastinapur

  

  Location

  The Hastinapur Teerth Kshetra is an ancient place in Meerut District of Western Uttar Pradesh. It is at a distance of 40 kms from Meeruth, 110 kms from Delhi and  55 kms from Muzafar Nagar. Nearby railway station is Meeruth. Buses, Taxis and other transports  are available easily from Meeruth. Buses are available for Agra & Delhi from Meeruth.

  Hastinapur is an ancient historical place where Aadi teerthankar prabhu Adinathji has concluded fasting lasted for 400 days by drinking sugarcane juice from Shreyanshkumar. It the place of 12 kalyanak (Chyavan, Janm,  Deeksha and Kevalgyan kalyanak of Shri Shantinath, Shri Kunthunath and Shri Adinath prabhu). Samvasaran of Bhagwan Mallinath took place here. Muni Suvratswami, Bhagwan Parshwanath and Mahavira Swami on this holy place, uttered spiritual speech.

 Main temple is Shree Digamber Jain Prachin Badamandir: At Teerth Kshetra Hastinapur, there is only one huge temple constructed on a 40 feet high hillock. This temple is very beautiful, magnificent and artistic having artistic and  huge spire.The temple is constructed on a four feet high platform, there is only one altar with three gates. In this altar white colored idol of principal deity Bhagwan Shantinath in Padmasana posture,  is installed. This idol was reverenced in V.S. 1548 by Bhattaraka Jin Chandra for Jeevraj Papariwal. In the both sides of principal deity attractive idols of Bhagwan in left & Bhagwan Arahnath in right are installed. In this altar, an antique piece of art on a flat stone idols of ‘Panch Bal Yati (Celibate)  Bhagwan Vasupoojya, Mallinath, Neminath, Parshvanath and Mahavira are carved.

   Hastinapur Jain temple

 Dharmanath, the 15th Teerthankara and 4th Chakrawarti Sanat  Kumar established his capital in Hastinapur. Shri Shantinath the 16th, Shri Kunthunath the 17th and Shri Arahnath the 18th Tirrthankara also born here. First four Kalyankas (out of five) of these three Tirthankaras were celebrated at Hastinapur.

 In jaina history Rishablia, the former king of Ayodhya, after he had relinquished his kingdom in favour of his two sons Bharata and Bahubali and accepted the life of a homeless ascetic, was offered acceptable food in an acceptable manner for the first time. The fortunate donor was a prince of Hastinapur who happened to know the proper way of giving food to a Jaina monk. The nourishment he offered was sugar-cane juice. Once a year, on the third day of the bright fortnight of the month Vaishaka (May/June), thousands of Jaina pilgrims from all over India gather at Hastinapur to commemorate this event.

   History

  The historical war of ‘Mahabharata’  between Kauravas and  Pandavas took place in Kurukshetra. The place ‘Varnal’ is also near Hasitnapur, where Duryodhana built a house ‘Laksha Grih’ to kill Pandavas. Five villages Bagpat, Sonipat, Tilpat, Panipat and Indraprastha which were demanded by Pandavas through Lord Krishna are also near Hastinapur.

  At the time of 20th Tirthankara Bhagwan Munisuvratnath there lived a businessman named Ganga Dutta in Hastinapur. It is said that he was owner of seven crore gold coins. Once Bhagwan came to Hastinapur, Ganga Dutta went there to visit them. After listening the precept of Bhagwan Munisuvratnath, he became ascetic; he left all the property and accepted ‘Muni-Dharma’ near Bhagwan Munisuvratnath.

  Temples

   Maan Stambha (Column of Dignity): - This artful Maan Stambha is 31 feet high standing out side the entrance of temple, this was constructed in year 1955. 
  Trimurti Mandir:  This temple is situated behind the main temple this temple is situated. Here in left altar a standing artistic and in slate color idol of Bhagwan Shantinath is installed. 
  Nandishwar Dweep:  Nandishwar Dweep Jinalaya is constructed here and this was reverenced in year 1985. On the both sides of Nandishwar Dweep idols of Bhagwan Shantinath and Arahnath are installed in two altars, these idols were recovered from earth while digging on the day July 20, 1979. 

 Other temples: Shri Neminath Temple, Bhagwan Arahnath Temple, Shri Adinath Temple, Shri Kunthunath Temple, Shri Bahubali Temple, Jal Mandir, Kirti Stambha and  Panduk Shila are also worth seeing. 

  24 Tonks:  Mini Temples  of 24 Teerthankaras are also constructed here, having foot images installed in them.
 Petrograph: On it history and importance of this Kshetra is described. On a rock Muni Vishnu Kumar’s idol is established, who saved the lives of 700 Munies.
 Shrines:  Shrines of Muni Vrishabha Sagarji, Kshullaka Manoharji Varni and other Munies.

 Nasiyan:  Four ancient Nasiyan where foot images of Bhagwan Shantinath, Kunthunath, Arahnath and Mallinath are installed. 
 Ambika idol:  An artistic ancient idol of goddess Ambika is also installed in a room in main temple’s premises. Idol of Bhagwan Neminath is carved on the head of goddess Ambika. This ancient idol was found during the digging for a Canal. 
 Kailash Parvat: Kailash Parvat (Hill) is the salvation place of first Teerthankar Bhagwan Rishabha Dev. This  project of construction has been taken in to hands and work is in progress. This will be a unique magnificent creation in the world, the center of attraction of devotees. Its height is planned 131 feet, an attractive idol of Bhagwan Rishabha Dev – 11.25 feet in height in Padmasana posture will be installed here. 

   Model of Jamboo Dweep: Under the guidance and by motivation of Poojya Aryika Ratna Gyanmati Mataji, Jamboo Dweep’s model has been constructed here by ‘Trilok Shodha Samsthan Hastinapur’ as per described in Jain Texts. This consists 84 feet high ‘Sumeru Parvat’, 78 natural ‘Chaityalayas’, 201 ‘Chaityalayas’ in houses of Devs, rivers, hills and ‘Lavana Samudra’. 

 Trust: Shri Hastinapur Jain Digambar Tirth Samiti, Hastinapur (Meerut) State : Uttar Pradesh : 250404, India

 

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