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 Shri Hastinapur Teerth Kshetra

 Location:  The Hastinapur Teerth Kshetra is  at a distance of 40 kms from Meeruth, 110 kms from Delhi and  55 kms from Muzafar Nagar. Nearby railway station is Meeruth.  Next to Ayodhhya, Hastinapur is the most important Teerth. 18 Kalyanakas of 5 Teerthankaras took place at Ayodhhya; while 12 Kalyankas of 3 Teerthankaras – Shri Shantinath, Kunthunath and Arahnath took place at Hastinapur.  These 3 Teerthankaras were Chakrawarti also.  The Teerth became most famous as the ‘first Aahar’ (juice of sugarcane)  of first Teerthankara ‘Bhagwan Rishabhdev’ given by King ‘Shreyans’ here on the day of ‘Akshaya  – Tratiya’ .

 

   Lord Dharmanath the 15th tirthankara , 4th Chakrawarti Sanat Kumar also established his capital in Hastinapur. The 16th tirthankara Shri Shantinath,  17th tirthankara Shri Kunthunath and 18th tirthankara Shri Arahnath  also born here. First four Kalyankas (out of five) of these three tirthankaras  were celebrated here at Hastinapur by ‘Devs’ of heaven. 
 Several stories described related to Hastinapur, in jaina texts, some of  them are:  
   Festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ originated from Hastinapur, in the memory of vanishing the trouble of 700 ascetic Munies by ‘Muni Vishnu Kumar’ on the day of ‘Shravan (Savan) Shukla Poornima’.
   Historical  war of ‘Mahabharata’ in ‘Kurukshetra’ between Kauravas and Pandavas  took place at  Hastinapur. The place ‘Varnal’ is also near Hasitnapur, where Duryodhana built a house ‘Laksha Grih’ to kill Pandavas.  
  At the time of 20th tirthankara  Munisuvratnath  there lived a businessman named Ganga Dutta in Hastinapur. He was owner of seven crore gold coins. Once Bhagwan came to Hastinapur, Ganga Dutta went there to visit them. After listening the precept of  Bhagwan Munisuvratnath, he became ascetic; he left all the property and accepted ‘Muni-Dharma’ near Bhagwan Munisuvratnath.
 . Main Temple and Idol : 
  At Teerth Kshetra Hastinapur, there is only one huge temple constructed on a 40 feet high hillock. This temple is very beautiful, magnificent and artistic having artistic and huge spire. A 
room is constructed in the spire and on the top of room with an artistic spire.   
  The temple is constructed on a four feet high platform, this has only one part, we may say it sanctum, it is big enough, there is only one altar with three gates, altar is also big in size. In this 
altar white colored idol of principal deity Bhagwan Shantinath in Padmasana posture, 1½ foot in height is installed in V.S. 1548 by Bhattaraka Jin Chandra. In the both sides of principal deity attractive idols of Bhagwan Kunthunath in left and  Bhagwan Arahnath in right are 
installed.  
 Other Temples : 
  Maan Stambha (Column of Dignity):: This artful Maan Stambha is 31 feet high standing out side the entrance of temple, this was constructed in year 1955. 
 Trimurti Mandir:  This temple is situated behind the main temple  and was constructed some time later than the main temple. Here high standing idol of Bhagwan Shantinath is installed. and  was reverenced in year 1174 (V.S. 1231) by Devpal Soni.  
 Nandishwar Dweep:   Nandishwar Dweep Jinalaya is constructed here and  was reverenced in year 1985. On the both sides of Nandishwar Dweep idols of Bhagwan Shantinath and . 
Arahnath are installed in two altars. It is said that these idols were recovered from earth while digging on the day July 20, 1979. 
 Other temples:  Other temples includes  Shri Neminath Temple, Bhagwan Arahnath Temple, 
Shri Adinath Temple, Shri Kunthunath Temple, Shri Bahubali Temple, Jal Mandir, Kirti Stambha and Panduk Shila.  24 Tonks (Mini Temples) of 24 tirthankaras are also constructed 
here, having foot images installed in them. 
  A  series of Shrines of Muni Vrishabha Sagarji, Kshullaka Manoharji Varni and other Munies located here. Four ancient Nasiyan are also worth seeing where foot images of Bhagwan Shantinath, Kunthunath, Arahnath and  Mallinath are installed. An artistic ancient idol of goddess Ambika is also installed in a room in main temple’s premises. Idol of Bhagwan Neminath is carved on the head of goddess Ambika. This ancient idol was found during 
the digging for a Canal. 
 Kailash Parvat which is under Construction will be a unique magnificent creation in the world, the center of attraction of devotees. Its height is planned 131 feet, an attractive idol of Bhagwan Rishabha Dev – 11.25 feet in height in Padmasana posture will be installed here. 
 Managing Committee : 
Shri Digambar Jain Teerth Kshetra Committee 
Place & Post – Hastinapur, District – Meerut (U. P.) Pin – 250404 
Phone 01233-280133, 280188

                                                                                           

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