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Established 4 centuries ago, the temple of Shree Mahaveer ji is one of the holy Jain pilgrimage sites located in Karauli district of Rajasthan. It was located in a small town called Chandanpurearlier but was renamed as Shree Mahaveer Ji town with anover whelming story behind it. About 200 years after the construction of the temple, from the exact spot was an idol excavated. This was the place where a Kamadhenu cow used to pour milk everyday on a mound. With curiosity the villagers dug the mound and then was the idol found to everyone’s surprise. It was the ancient idol of Shree Mahaveer ji, the 24th Tirthankara, hence the town of Chandanpur changed to the name Shree Mahaveer ji town. So, the temple was constructed, and the idol was installed ceremoniously.
The flow of the Jain followers escalated quick to thousands from every nook and corner of the country, to catch a sight of the idol and the holy place. Drawing people from all caste, creed and religion the temple gives an insight of the diversified culture of the Indian nation. Shree Mahaveer ji temple is a symbol of emotive incorporation of people and is also called Digambar Jain Atishaya Kshetra. The devotees attending the holy pilgrimage go back with eternal peace and satisfaction.
Lying in the vicinity of Aravalli range, Karauli is the district with low to moderate ranging temperatures making it a pleasant place to visit at any time of the year. With this advantage has the temple gained number of tourists and devotees from all over the world.
Words are never sufficient to the magnificent description of the temple. The temple is carved with the images of four Tirthankaras facing in all the directions on the Manastambha, the column of pride, as we enter into the temple through 52 feet tall gate. The temple walls are exquisitely carved with 14 mythological sights and scenes, the exteriors and interiors of the temple engraved beautifully. The golden paintings décor adds an extravagant touch of grace to the temple.
The main temple is adorned with high pinnacles with seven splendid gates to enter to the Mahamandapa, the main part of the temple. The shrines inside take us to the Garbh gudi, where lies the coral colored sandstone principle deity of Shree Mahaveer ji seated in padmasana. On the right side lies the icon of Bhagwan Pushp Danth and on the left, Bhagwan Adinath’s icon. Many other idols of known and noticeable Tirthankaras are placed in many parts of the temple.
The temple is surrounded by guest houses called the Dharmashalas, all together known as the Katla. Amidst of these is the temple risen. The temple is erected with glorious white marble with eye striking beauty. One of the must-seetimes of the temple is the evening aarti performed at 6 to 6:30. There are traditions telling that all the wishes desired here come true and hence it comes down from the ages to this day generations.
The temple of Lord Shree Mahaveer Ji is not only a pilgrimage site but also is surrounded by many varieties of relaxing spots with food and shopping as well as other deity temples in the same lane. One can have a serene and contended trip once worshipped here.