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Kundalpur Siddha Kshetra, Kundalgiri
Jain temples near the lake at Kundalpur
FestivalsMahavir Jayanti
Governing bodyShri Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra Kundalgiri Prabandhakarini Samiti
LocationDamoh, Madhya Pradesh
Shown within Madhya Pradesh
Geographic coordinates23°59′06″N 79°43′12″E / 23.984944°N 79.719957°E / 23.984944; 79.719957Coordinates: 23°59′06″N 79°43′12″E / 23.984944°N 79.719957°E / 23.984944; 79.719957
Date established10th century

Kundalpur is a town located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, 35 km from the city of Damoh. It is a historical pilgrimage site for Jains in India.


Kundalpur has a large image of Rishabhanatha (also known as Bade Baba). The image is in a sitting (Padmasana) posture and is 15 feet in height.[1] This is also the place of salvation of Antim Kevali Shridhar Kevali.[2]

There are 63 temples of various types. A temple called Jal Mandir is situated in the middle of the pond Vardhaman Sagar.

Among all the temples the most famous is the Bade Baba temple with Bhagwan Adinath (affectionately termed "Bade Baba") as the principal deity. The photographs of the Bade Baba image have been widely used in many publications, calendars and posters.

Acharya Vidyasagar has been the main source of inspiration for the construction and development of the new main temple and some of the recent structures at Kundalpur. He is often referred to as Chhote Baba in relation to the Bade Baba image.[3]

Construction of a massive and spacious new Bade Baba temple was initiated in 1999 after consulting architectural and religious experts. The main image was transferred to the sanctum of the new structure on January 15, 2006. The new temple will be in the classical Nagar style with some elements of the modern Rajasthani architecture.


The Bade Baba temple is the oldest temple at Kundalpur. According to an inscription[4] of Vikram Samvat 1757, the temple was re-discovered by Bhattaraka Surendrakirti of Mulasangha-Balatkaragana-Sarasvati Gachchha and was rebuilt from ruins by his disciple, with assistance from Bundela ruler Chhatrasal.[5]

The statue of Bade Baba (Lord Adinath) was transferred to a new temple under construction on January 17, 2006. The transfer was a dramatic event involving a confrontation between the district administration and the Jain community that was peacefully resolved. [6]The transfer is narrated and eulogized in a poetic and lyrical composition "Purudev Stavan" by Aryaka Mridumati Mata [7] and is also described in a book by Suresh Jain Saral. [8] and also in book released in 2018 by MP Chief Minister Chauhan.[9].Two times Major Mahamastabhishek of Badebaba was held in 2001 and 2016 under Acharya Vidyasagar Ji Maharaj Saanidya.


Nearby cities include Damoh (35 km), Sagar (113 km), Jabalpur (143 km). Nearest railway station is Damoh which is 38 km from Kundalpur bus stand. Nearest airport is Dumna Airport in Jabalpur (150 km).

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  1. ^ Shri Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra Kundalgiri, The Jaina Gazette, Vol. XLV, Number 9, September 1948, p. 94, http://www.herenow4u.net/index.php?id=77613
  2. ^ Jagannmohanlal Shastri, Anekanta, December 1967, page. 194.
  3. ^ आचार्यश्री विद्यासागर महाराज की प्रेरणा से बन रहा कुंडलपुर मंदिर, Widush Mishra, Jun 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Y.K. Malaiya, "Kundalpur's Past Three Centuries," Arhat Vacan, Vol. 13, no. 3-4, 2001 pp. 5-13
  5. ^ Thakurdas Bhagavandas Javeri, Bharatvarshiya Digambar Jain Directory, 1914
  6. ^ यहां हजारों किलो की मूर्ति हो गई थी फूल सी हलकी, जानें बड़े बाबा का अद्भुत चमत्कार Patrika, June 4, 2016
  7. ^ Bundeli Ke Devta, Purudev Stavan, Shrish Jain, Jun 24, 2013
  8. ^ Purudev se Gurudev tak, ek anubhuti, Suresh Jain Saral, Pub. Shri Varni Digambar Jain Gurukul, 2006
  9. ^ "Cow Ministry will be formed in MP: CM", The Hitavada, 1 October 2018