Sonagiri

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Sonagiri Jain Tirth
  • सोनागिरी (Hindi)
  • Shri Digamber Jain Siddha Shetra Sonagiri
Sonagiri Jain Temple, MP, India.jpg
Sonagiri Jain Tirth
Basic information
Location Datia, Datia district, Madhya Pradesh
Affiliation Jainism
Deity Chandraprabhu
Festivals Mahavir Jayanti
Country India
Governing body Shri Dig. Jain Siddha Shetra Sonagiri Samrakshini Committee
Date established 9th century
Temple(s) 103

Sonagiri (Hindi: सोनागिरी) about 60 km from Gwalior, has scores of Jain temples of 9th & 10th century on little hills. This sacred place is popular among devotees & ascetic saints to practice for self-discipline, austerity and to attain Nirvana since the time of Chandraprabhu (the 8th Teerthankar), five & half crores of ascetic saints have achieved Moksa from here.

About Sonagiri[edit]

This sacred place is popular among devotees & ascetic saints to practice for self-discipline, austerity and to attain Nirvana (Salvation) since the time of Bhagwan Chandraprabhu (The 8th Teerthankar), Five & half Crores of ascetic saints have achieved salvation (Moksha or Nirvana) from here. The Samavsharan of Bhagwan Chandraprabhu came here for 17 times. Nang, Anang, Chintagati, Poornachand, Ashoksen, Shridatta, Swarnbhadra and many other saints achieved salvation from here. This is the unique place known as Laghu Sammed Shikhar covering the area of 132 acres of two hills. There are 77 beautiful Jain temples with sky high spires, Temple No. 57 is main among them. Acharya Shubh Chandra & Bhartrihari lived and worked here for spiritual achievements. They completed here some texts also.

Main Temple & Idol[edit]

Temple No. 57 on hill is the main temple. This is vast in size, very beautiful, having attractive artistic spire, in this temple principal deity are Lord Chandraprabha, 11 feet in height and two other beautiful idols of Lord Sheetalnath & Parsvanatha are installed. There is a column of dignity (Manstambh) near temple 43 feet in height and an attractive model of Samavsharan, big in size is also here.

Etymology[edit]

In Hindi, Sonagiri means a mountain ('giri') of gold ('sona').

Location[edit]

Bus of Sonagiri Kshetra is available at Sonagiri Railway Station. Road – On Dabra-Datia Road Sonagiri stands, Kshetra is 5 km ahead from here. This also lies on Gwalior-Jhansi Road. Tempo & Tongaes are available here for Kshetra. Train – Sonagiri Railway Station lies on Agra-Jhansi line. Kshetra is 3 km ahead from here. Airport – Gwalior & Jhansi.

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