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Muktagiri Jain temples
|Other names:||Mendhagiri, Muktagiri Siddha Kshetra|
|Architecture and culture|
|Important festivals:||Mahavir Jayanti|
|Number of temples:||52|
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Muktagiri is a Jain Pilgrimage centre, located on border of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra in India. It comes under Bhainsdehi tehsil of Betul district or Baitul district in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is 14 km away from Paratwada, Dist. Amravati, Maharashtra. Muktagiri is 7 km away from Kharpi village on Paratwada - Baitul road.
Muktagiri is also called as 'Mendhagiri'. There are 52 temples on the mountain, surrounding a beautiful waterfall. The waterfall is generally visible only when there is enough rainfall in the area. One can plan trip to Muktagiri between June to September to see the waterfall. A lot of monkeys can be seen near the 10th Temple - Bhagwan Sheetalnath temple - near which the waterfall is located. The 10th Temple is an ancient temple and is inside an ancient cave. The cave is prone to stonefall (which is generally said to happen only during night). Also, lot of honeybees are at a large distance from the cave. The 1st Temple, 10th Temple, 26th Temple and 40th Temple are the main temples.
The temples close at around 11 am. Since the temples are in Satpura Mountain range and surrounded by jungle, it is better to visit the temples before 10 am. It takes around 1.25 to 1.5 hour for an average person to finish the entire upward and downward journeys and also little bit of puja in each temple. After 11am, one can not go inside the temples. One has to greet the Bhagwans from outside the door of each temple.
Since the nearby area is a jungle, one has to come down before noon or before it becomes dark. There are separate routes for upward and downward journeys. The temples are jagrut or holy and divine temples. So one should not carry out any bad acts in or around the temples.
While traversing the route of temples, one should look at the footsteps since the route from 1st to 52nd temple is written in orange colour on the footsteps since the 52 temples are divided in 4 or 5 groups and are located in different areas of the mountain. But they are not very far from each other. The entry passage to some of the temples is very narrow. In some passages and on some of the steps especially inside the temples which are inside other temples, taller people have to crawl. Also, very fat people may not be able to traverse these passages.
The way to 51st & 52nd Temple is from inside 50th Temple. This inside route is quite dark. There are no lights in this inner passage. So it is better to carry a torch along. The downward journey route is also from 52nd Temple only. So without a torch or a guide, one will not be able to come down / one will be lost.
Good residential facilities are available at 4 or 5 Dharamshalas which charge around Rs. 100 per day. Inexpensive food is available at mess or Bhojanalays but one has to purchase coupons at least 1 hour in advance. It is better to carry mineral or bisleri water from Paratwada itself as there are hardly any shops at Thapoda (the place where Muktagiri temples are located as per Postal address).
Every year there is a fair on the occasion of Kartik Diwali.
Though Muktagiri comes under Bhainsdehi tehsil of Betul district in Madhya Pradesh, it is also accessible from Paratwada in Amravati district in Maharashtra. Paratwada is 52 km from Amravati.The Autorickshaws are generally available from Paratwada to Muktagiri. The best way to go to Muktagiri from Amravati is Amravati->Paratwada->Muktagiri. State Transport (ST) buses for Paratwada are available every 15 minutes from Amravati ST Stand.
Atishaya of Muktagiri ji
In the year 1980 due to the effect of Cauda Equina Compression disease, Mr. Arun Kumar Jain’s one leg became weak & also its length get reduced from another leg. Thus due to difference in length of two legs he was not able to walk normally and he started using crutch. Due to tension he also became heart patient. Till 1994 he used crutches and doctors of Escorts Hospital, Delhi advised him for the operation of heart. In the month of August of year 1994 he saw a dream continuously for many days. He saw in dream Muktagiri in written and saw that he was walking without crutches on the hills of Muktagiri Teerth Kshetra. Therefore after this dream he decided that he should visit the Muktagiri Kshetra. One day he, his wife & his brother in law reached Muktagiri. At Muktagiri after walking 100 Yards he started feeling strength in his legs and rest of climbing of stairs he did without the help of crutches. On the 26th temple he received the shower of saffron on his head. Probably this shower must be the blessings of Bhagwan. At the time descending he lost all the strength and again felt the need of crutches. In the year 1995 he again saw such dream. He decided to visit Muktagiri again. This time he visited Muktagiri along with other 60 devotees. The heart operation up to this time was postponed. This time when he reached to Dharmshala of Muktagiri he felt the strength in his leg and there was no need for him to walk with crutches because now he was able to walk normally. At Muktagiri he sang three prayers devotionally and also danced while singing. This time also there was shower of saffron and when he looked above he saw a chariot of Dev, which was shining like diamond. But as soon as he reached the Dharmshala he realized that his strength of leg was again gone and so he again took the help of crutches. Like this in the year 1996 & 1997 he visited Muktagiri and offered his prayers. In January 1998 he again saw the dream and then he decided to visit Muktagiri again. He got reservation for Muktagiri and when his son gave tickets in his hands he felt that a kind of power has flowed in whole body and he was surprised that all the weakness of his legs vanished away. From that time onwards he is not using the crutches and not even taking any medicines or pills. The specialist doctors of heart & bones are quite surprised to see such instant recovery. Surely this is the miracle of Atishaya Kshetra Muktagiri. The miracle of getting rid from incurable diseases.) The living evidence of this miracle is Mr. Arun Kumar Jain
Delhi to Muktagiri Ji
BOTH TRAIN TAKES AROUND 14-15 HRS from Delhi to Betul from betul you can either take taxi (which takes around 2hrs(100kms) to reach muktagiri ji or you can take bus
Buses are available for Muktagiri from Paratwada from timings 10:30 AM & 4:30 PM in the evening. On Paratwada-Baitool Roadway the Muktagiri is situated 7 km away from Kharpi Village. The vehicles are always available from Kharpi & Paratwada
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