Sites & cities that bear the name of Bawangaja


Today in : India
First trace of activity : ca. 12th century C.E
Last trace of activity : today

Description : Bawangaja (meaning 52 yards) is a famous Jain pilgrim center in the Barwani district of southwestern Madhya Pradesh in India. Located about 6 kilometers south of River Narmada, its main attraction is the world's second largest megalithic statue (carved out of the mountain) of Lord Rishabhadeva (largest being.. Statue of Ahimsa), the first Jain Tirthankara. The statue is 84 feet (26 m) high. It was created early in the 12th century. The statue is supported from the back unlike the Gommateshwara statue of Lord Bahubali at Shravanabelagola, Karnataka. Along with the statue, the area has a complex of eleven temples. The center is located in the Satpura Range and is about 8 km from a Barwani town. The Chulgiri temple, also situated on the hilltop, contains two inscription dated 1166 and 1459 AD. The Indrajit, Kumbhakarna & various other scholars attained emancipation through the self-meditation. The 3 ancient foot images of Indrajit, Kumbhakarna & the other are present in this temple. Except foot images, the two idols of Lord Māllīnātha & Chandraprabha are installed in the main altar. Moreover, the several idols are installed on both sides in the main assembly hall (Mahamandap). Bawangaja Yatra, an annual fair, is organised every year on full Moon day of Hindu calendar month Pausha. In 2016, Bawanga Trust had carried out several development works including restoration of temple complex and building of a 3 story dharmshala with 108 rooms having all modern amenities.

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