Shikharji Temple Jharkhand
About Shikharji Temple
Shri Sammed Shikharji Tirth Kshetra has located 15 Kms away from Parasnath Railway Station on Delhi - Howrah Line. Local transport is available from railway station Sharon to Madhuban hills. It is the most important Jain Tirtha for the Jains, believed to be the place where twenty of the twenty-four Jain Tirthankaras along with many other monks attained Moksha, according to Nirvana Kanda and other texts.
The name of the temple Shikharji has been given due to its location. Shikharji means the highest or venerable peak. The temple also gained a name as Sammed Shikhar or zenith of concentration. It is here that many Tirthankars indulged in meditative practices or Samadhi.
Of the twenty-four Tirthankars of Jainism , twenty Tirthankars namely, Ajitnath, Sambhavnath, Abhinandan - Prabhu, Sumatinath, Padmprabhu, Suparshwanath, Chandraprabhu , Suvidhinath, Sheetalnath, Shreyansnath, Vimalnath , Anantnath, Dharmnath , Shantinath, Kunthunath, Arnath, Mallinath, Munisuvrat Swami , Neminath and Parshwanath spent the evening of their lives on this great mountain and attained the supreme status of 'moksha'. Every Tirthankar made efforts to enliven the density of power of this place, and consequently, for millenniums this place has been vibrant, awakened and anointed with their halo. Really, Sammet Shikhar is an astonishing, unique and awakened holy.
The name of the hills where the temple is located is Parasnath, and the meaning of the word Parasnath is derived from the name of the twenty-third Teerthankara, Parshvanatha. He also attained Moksha at this temple. Today, this site is not only famous as a pilgrimage site but also a major tourist attraction.
The journey to this holy pilgrimage rids misery, confers piety and destroys sin. All around here 'Toonks' of Tirthankaras have been built. The First 'Toonk' is that of Ganadhar Gautam Swami.
A few steps away from here stands the Toonk of Shree Kunthunath, which was consecrated in Samvat 1825. Near Lord Shree Kunthunath's Toonk is the Toonk of the eternal Jina Shree Rishabhanan. Close by is the Toonk of another eternal Jina Chandranan. Near it is the fifth Toonk, of Tirthankar Shree Neminath.The sixth Toonk belongs to Tirthankara Arnath. The Lord had attained 'Nirvana' here on Margsheersh Shukla Dashami.
After comes the Toonk of Tirthankara Shree Mallinath. Here the holy feet-marks were installed in Samvat 1825. Ahead of this is the eighth Toonk, that of Tirthankar Shree Shreyansnath. Here too the holy feet-marks were installed in Samvat 1825.
There is an attractive temple of Shree Bhomiaji Maharaj, inside the Kothi. There is also a huge Jina temple in the form of a cluster of eleven temples. A 90 cm. idol of Baghavan Parshwanath is installed here as the principal deity and There is a majestic temple of Lord Shree Chandraprabhu in the middle of the Kothi. Samvasaran temple has been built on the left side of the third door of this temple. Fifty-two Jinalayas have been built here. This temple houses the idols of many Jain Tirthankars.
Parasnath does not have an airport. The nearest airport is Ranchi Airport.
Parasnath-103 km away
Ranchi Airport (IXR), Ranchi, JharkhandParasnath-117 km away
Gaya Airport (GAY), Gaya, Bihar
You can easily get regular trains to Parasnath from other major cities of the country.
Railway Station: Parasnath (PNME)
There are no bus routes from other major cities to Parasnath. Nearest bus stand is Bokaro.
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Shri Sammed Shikharji is one of the holiest places for the Jain group of people. It is a wonderful abode for 20 Tirthankara. Out of 24 Tirthankara, 20 have attained Nirvana from this situate.