BAHUBALI HILL TEMPLES

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Location : 27-km From Kolhapur, Maharashtra
Presiding Deity : Lord Bahuballi
Speciality: World Famous Jain Pilgrimage


Bahubali hill temples are located 27-km south of Kolhapur on Bahubali Hills. These hills are popularly known as "Kumbhojgiri". It is a popular site revered by both Hindus and Jains. A Celibacy Resort was established in 1935 and named after the sage Bahubali who mediated here about 300 years before.

This temple is flocked by devotees who come to pay respect to the 28 feet tall marble statue of Bahubali and visit the temples of the 24 Tirthankaras or saints. A Durgamata temple on the hill nearby is another place of pilgrimage.

History

The history behind this Tirth (also spelt as Teerth) is not much known except for the fact that has been a very ancient Tirth of Jains. The Shvetambaras regard it as the Setrunjaya of South Maharashtra. This temple was renovated many times. Its last renovation was accomplished on the seventh day of the bright half of the month of Magh in the year 1926 of the Vikram era.

The Temple

This temple looks very beautiful and splendid. The scene of the forest and the village farms looks full of delight and beauty. People visiting these temples have to climb about 400 steps. This temple of Lord Shri Jagvallabh Parshwanath on the hills is believed to be highly worshipped by the Jains. There are also some other Jain Temples on the Hill.

The idol

There is a tall statue, nearly 100cms high of Lord Bahubali on the white-coloured idol of Bhagawan Jagvallabh Parshvanath in the Pdmasana posture. The idol is very serene and beautiful. Also one can see some other Jain idols around the Bahuballi statue.

Fair

A fair is held here on the 15th day of the bright half of the month of Kartak, on the 15th day of the bright half of the month Chaitra and on the 10th of day the dark half of the month of Magasar. Engrossed in devotion to God, the worshippers propitiate God in the fair.

HOW TO GET THERE

Tourists can take a train from the nearest railway station at Hathkalangad, about 8 kilometres away, on Kolhapur - Miraj railway line. This temple is at a distance of 31 kilometers from Kolhapur. There are steps for climbing the hill. Bus service and private vehicles are available. They go to the foot of the hill.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is provided by the Swetambar Jain Trust.



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