There are five main temples in Pawapuri - the Jal Mandir, the
Gaon Mandir, the Samosaran, the New Samosaran and another temple
built by Bibi Mehetab Kumari. Apart from these temples there
is a Digambar Jain Mandir near Jal mandir.
The Gaon mandir or the village temple marks the spot where Lord Mahavira breathed his last. It is said that this temple was
built by King Nandivardhan, elder brother of Lord Mahavira.
Jal mandir is a temple in the middle of a lake blooming with
lotuses. The main deity of the beautiful temple is a very old "Charan Paduka" of Lord Mahavira. It marks the spot where the mortal
remains of Lord Mahavira was cremated. It is believed that this temple was built by King Nandivardhan, elder brother of Lord
Mahavira. Jal Mandir is built in the shape of "Vimana" and there is a stone bridge about 600 feet in length across it from the
bank to the temple.
Lord Mahavira attained nirvana in a park, near Pavapuri, round about which there were many pounds or
lakes. At present the site of the nirvana of Mahavira is accepted near Bihar-Sherif where
a magnificent Jaina temple stands in the centre of a big lake. This is accepted as the tirtha-ksetra on all hands. Both the sects,
Digambra and Svetambra, have voluntarily accepted this place as the spot of the nirvana of Mahavira. A marble temple, the
Jalmandir, was later built in the middle of the tank, where Lord. Mahavira
attained salvation. Another beautiful Jain temple of white marble called Samosharan is
located at this place. Bhagwawan Mahavira had delivered his sermon here. The best time
time to visit Pawapuri is between October and March.
Shree Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra Pawapuri,
P.O. Pawapuri, District Nalanda, Bihar. Pin-803 115
Managed By :
Sri Jain Swetamber Bhandar Tirth, Pavapuri
P.O Pavapuri - 803 115., Dist : Nalanda (Bihar)
Tel : 06112- 74736.
Sri Digamber Tirth Committee, Pavapuri
P.O. Pavapuri, Dist : Nalanda, (Bihar).
There are 5 Jain temples and two Dharamshalas having provision for staying up to 2500 persons
In new Samosaran temple of Swetamber accommodations is available with all facilities. In the city
temple there is a good Bhojanshala,
Near Digamber temple there is also a Digamber dharamshala with all facilities and a good Bhojanshala .