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  Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra, Rajgriha (Rajgir)

Location: Rajgriha or Rajgir is in Patna district of Bihar State of India. It is near Nalanda and Pawapuri. Nearest airport at Patna .The nearest international airport is Kolkata. By Rail Rajgir is on a branch line of Eastern Railway and there are daily trains to Patna and other places nearby. By Road There are regular buses from Patna, Nalanda, Gaya, and Bodhgaya to Rajgir.

Rajgriha temple

Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra, Rajgriha (Rajgir) is also known as Panch Pahadi. This Siddha Kshetra is regarded as the sacred place for the four Kalyankas, Garbha, Janma, Tapa and Gyan (Jnan) of Lord Suvratnath. This pilgrimage has been constructed on five hills.


Rajgir is a very ancient place referred to in the mythical period of Ramayana.. In ancient India it was known by several names, one being Rajgriha. The other ancient names were Vasumati, Barhadrathapura, Kusagrapura, Girivraja. Rajgriha (Rajgir) was the capital city of the Magadha empire for many centuries. There are several hills near Rajgriha called the Vaibhara, Ratna, Saila, Sona, Udaya, Chhatha and Vipula. Rajgir is linked with Vasu the fourth son of Brahma (creator) who is considered to have founded the old Girivraja. It is also linked with Brihadratha and Jarasandha. Bimbisara ruled over Magadh from 543-491 B.C, then Ajatasatru (491-459 B.C). The accounts of ancient Rajgir are given by the Chinese travellers and pilgrims Fa-hien and Hiuen Tsang. Buddhaghosha has also given accounts. 
  Buddha lived in Rajgriha and gave many sermons here. Mahavira the twenty fourth Jain tirthankara also spent a long time here. Lord Mahavir performed Twelve 'Chaturmas' here and sprayed his spiritual ambrosia on this district. Of the Nearly seven lakh hermits and nuns devoted to Lord Mahavir, nearly one-fourth belonged to Rajgriha district. From this viewpoint it can be said that Lord Mahavir had a boundless influence on Rajgriha district. The twentieth Jain tirthankara Muni Suvrata is  born here.

  Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra temples

In this Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra there are ten temples located on the hills and two are situated in the valley. On the first hill  known as Vipulachala, there are four magnificent temples located. A huge and attractive monument has been built here in the memory of Bhagwan MuniSuvratnath. On the second hill Udaigiri there are  two temples. It is said that these temples were discovered while digging the place. Idols were also recovered from here and have been installed in Lal Mandir situated in valley.

Swarnagiri is the fourth hill also known as Shramangiri there are three temples.

There are two caves on the southern part of this hill. 'Jina' images have been carved on the walls in the caves. On the fifth hill known as Vaibhavgiri there are five temples. There is Shalibhadra temple also besides the 'Jina' temple. A huge ancient Jain temple about 1200 years old has been recovered from here after digging 24 rooms. Many ancient artistic idols are installed here. At a distance of 1.5 Kms of the last hill feet images of Ganadhar Bhagwan is located . Also ruins of palaces of King Shrenik can also be seen.

   Rajgir is a centre of Jainism

Rajgir is a centre of Jainism and Jain temples. Here one can see the remains of the fortified walls of the fortifications, stone walls of new Rajgir, stupas(remains), caves, monasteries, religious shrines and especially the Maniar Math and the Sonbhandar caves. The other places a student of ancient Indian History, Jainism, Buddhism and archaeology would like to see are the excavations, antiqities, terracottas, cemetery, Karanda tank, Pippala stone house and cave Saptaparni, ancient jain temple with images of Jain tirthankaras Rishabhadeva and others.

The kings such as Raja Shrenik and Raja Ajatshatru (Kunik) etc. who have been mentioned in Jain scriptures with great veneration, were as a matter of fact, the rulers of this very district. Raja Shrenik is considered to be one of the principal disciples of Lord Mahavir. Apart from the famous Jain pilgrimage situated on the hills, a renowned Buddhist Stupa is located. There is also a  hot-water spring called 'Brahm Kund'.

A Jain Dharmshala is built at the first foot-hill is the Vipulgiri hills. After ascending about 2 km. we come across the Vipulgiri 'Toonk'. On the hills are situated the temples of the sects - Shwetambar and Digambar.  Near the Vipulachal hill only  2 kms. there is  Ratnagiri hill. On this Ratnagiri hill are also situated Shwetambar and Digambar temples. There is a huge temple of Lord Buddha on the Gridhakoot hill just in front of the Ratnagiri hill. 

Rajgrahi Teerth Kshetra is a place of  peace and scenic beauty being situated on hills is surrounded by gree forest  that mesmerizes the pilgrims. Also ponds of  naturally hot water are situated here and pilgrims can also take bath

  Road - Busses and Taxies are available from Patna, Gaya, Nalanda, Bihar Shareef.
 Railways - Rajgir is the last station on Babhtyarpur - Rajgir line, one Km.ahead from Teerth Kshetra.
  Air - Patna -100 Kms
  Nearby Places :
 Kundalpur - 15 Kms
 Pavapuri (Salvation place of Bhagwan Mahaveer) - 35 Kms
 Gunava - 40 Kms
 GuljarBag (Patna)-100 Kms 
  Shri Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra Rajgrahi (Rajgir)
  Managing Committee : Shri Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra Rajgir Committee 
   (Bihar State Teerth Kshetra Committee), Devashram, Mahadeva Road, Arrah (Bihar),  District - Bhojpur. Pin - 802301
 Chair Person :Sahu Shri Sharad Kumar Jain  Mumbai, Phone 022-22871914
 Secretary : Shri Ajay Kumar Jain Devashram, Mahadeva Road,  Arrah (Bihar), District - Bhojpur
 Address : Shree Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra Rajgir,
     P.O: -Rajgir, District Nalanda (Bihar), Pin-803 116
     Phone 06112-255235, 9835620074, 9334770317, 9334770321
Accommodation:   Dharamshala: with a provision for staying 1000 persons exists

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