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Humcha is a small village located in Shimoga district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is famous for being home to an ancient temple of Goddess Padmavati, and to the Humbaj Matha (seminary/monastery), an important institution of the Jain community. This temple is considered to be very holy and is known or its cultural and historical heritage. Other notable highlights of the place are a lake that reputedly never dries up and a tree that likewise always remains green.
Jain devotees of this holy place are everywhere throughout India and also in foreign countries. Thousands of devotees come to the Humbaj every year for fulfillment of their desires.
The Jain Matha at Hombuj
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The Bhattaraka seat at Humcha, famous for the Humcha Padmavati temple, was founded in the 8th century AD, during the reign of Jinadatta Rai, founder of the ruling dynasty of Santar. In 1048 AD, the Mahamandaleshwara Chandarayarus made a donation to a Bhattaraka of Balagara-gana at Balligame near Banavasi in present-day Karnataka. Thus, the Bhattaraka seat at Humcha may be one of the oldest of its kind.
The most widespread Bhattaraka order has historically been the MulaSangh-NandiSangh-BalatkaraGana-SaraswatiGachchha (MNBS) order. It has seats at Surat, Idar, Ajmer, Jaipur, Chittor, Nagaur, Delhi, Gwalior, Chanderi, Sironj and many other places. There are perhaps hundreds of thousands of Tirthankara idols, spread across the country from Surat to Decca (in Bangladesh), bearing inscriptions mentioning this order. Most of these idols were installed by the Bhattarakas of this order in the past seven or eight centuries. Many of these Bhattarakas were great scholars and prolific authors.
The ancient institution at Humcha is the original home of the MNBS order. It is headed by Bhattaraka Devendrakirti. He is the only existing Bhattaraka of the MNBS order, since all the Bhattaraka seats in north India became extinct in the early part of the 20th century. Several Jain organizations are run by the institute at Humcha.
- "Humcha Padmavati Mata". Humchapadmavati.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
- Jinmanjari: Contemporary Jaina Reflections, Volumes 17-22, Bramhi Society, 1998, p. 43
- Religious Institutions and Cults in the Deccan, C. A.D. 600-A.D. 1000, By Ramendra Nath Nandi, Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, 1973, p. 151
- Website Dedicated to Humcha, Parsvanath and Padmavati
- Sri Humbaj Tirth
- Legends and brief history
- Video link
- [Humcha Institute Of Computer Education]