According to the Jaina
tradition recorded in Jinaprabhasuriji's Vividhatirtha kalpa, Rajagrha
was not the first but the last name by which the capital of Magadha
came to be known. Of the four earlier names, Kusagpura name
was mentioned in Si - yu-ki of Hiuen Tsiang and the Manjusri-
During the reign of Bimbisara and Ajatsatru the city of
Rajagraha was at the height of prosperity. The jaina texts (Jaina
Sutras) describe Rajagraha a city of which was rich, happy and
thriving. At the time of Hiuen Tisang's visit in the 7th
century A.D. 'the only inhabitants of the city were 1000 Brahmins
families and many Digambars lodged on the pi-pu-to mountain who
practised austerities incesantly.
If one enters Rajgir from the north, the hill which lies in
the right is Vaibharagiri, that which lies to the left is Vipulagiri,
the one which stands at right angles to the Vipula and runs
southwards parallel to the Vaibhara is Ratanagiri. The eastren
extension of Ratanagiri is Chhathagiri and next to it is sailagiri.
The one opposite to the Chhathagiri is Udayagiri. The Udayagiri in
its turn forms the southern entrance of Rajir with the Sonagiri.
The Rajagrha and its neighborhood have a great importance in
the history of Jainism. For it was in Nalanda, a suburb of Rajagraha,
that Lord Mahavira spent the second year of his asceticism. The
Kalpa-Sutra informs us that in Rajagrha and Nalanda Mahavira
spent as many as fourteen rainy seasons , Rajagriha was also
known as the birth-place of 20th Tirthankara Munisuvarta. Eleven one
of the the twelve ganadharas or leading disciples of Mahavira attain
nirvana in Rajagrha.
The earliest known jaina inscription in the one the pedestal
of the Jaina-image recording the name of Mt.Vipula and king Srenika
in a Brahmi alphabets which may take us back to the Kushna age. The
Jaina built small temples on almost all the hills of Rajgir,
installing the images of Tirthankara in them and those still
Rajgir has been associated with Lord Buddha and Buddhism. Buddha not only spent many years in Rajgir but also delivered sermons here and proselytized emperor Bimbisar at the Griddhakoota hill. The Jivekarmavan monastery was the favorite residence for Buddha. Even Bimbisar gave Venuvan Vihar to Buddha for his residence.
The Vishwa Shanti Stup is located on a 400-meter high hill.
Shree Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra Rajgir,
P.O: -Rajgir, District Nalanda (Bihar), Pin-803 116
Dharamshala: - Provision for staying 1000 persons exists