Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kumbhariya

Kumbhariya

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Kumbhariya
Kumbhariya is known for its five temples, which are all that remain out of the 360 Jain temples built by Vimal Shah in the 12th century. The white marble temples shine as specimens of reverence and artistic brilliance. Located 40 km away from Taranga, the temples are dedicated to the Jain tirthankars Neminath, Mahavir, Parshvanath, Shantinath and Sambhavnath. The walls, pillars and ceilings are ornately sculpted with motifs of gods and goddesses, apsaras, musicians and horsemen. Open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. Photography Rs. 40 and Videography Rs.150 for the interiors.

One kilometer from here are the temples of Chamunda Mata and Someshwar Mahadeva, in a beautiful spot near a stream.


Siddhshila

Siddhshila


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Siddhshila
Less than one km to the northwest of Taranga is a small hill with a steep slope that is difficult to climb. At the top of the hill there is a deep well, and a small Hanuman temple,with a kund. Among the various small shrines there is one with foot impressions of Chaumukhiji and Bhagwan Ajitnathji. Many Jain acharyas have attained moksha at this sacred place, so it is also called 'Siddhshila'.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Kotishila

Kotishila

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Kotishila
The Taranga hill is home to nine other temples. A km from the Ajit Nath temple, on the same hill, is a temple called Kotishila, a small building in the style of a Muslim mausoleum, built by Digambar Jains. It houses a marble statue of the 19th Jain tirthankar, Mallinathji.Through the centuries it has been the site for penance, meditation and ultimately, liberation of many great saints and sages.