Saturday, May 3, 2008

Mangi-Tungi


I had visited this awesome place April 2008.
Mangi-Tungi is a prominent twin-pinnacled peak with plateau in between, located near Tahrabad (35 Kms off Satana) about 125 km from Nasik.
Mangitungi is a Jain Digambar sidha kshetra, it is said that arround 99 crores muni have attained salvation from this place. Lot of ancient Jain Thirthankar carvings are found at both the peaks.


 
Its as well as good hiking spot. Bhilwadi is the base village of Mangi - Tungi. There is a Jain temple of Adinath and Parshvanath at Bhilwadi and a Dharmashala. Ideally the trek should be strated early in morning before 5 AM. All the pilgrims start at 4/4.30 AM. As the sun rises the climate becomes harsh and it becomes very difficult to climb.



 
The stone steps get very hot and blazing sun, drain you out. The route to the peaks originates right from the base village. A half an hours walk will lead you to the base of the mountain. If you have a car you can park the vechiles and sae this 0.5 hours walk. From here its steep climb of around 4000 zigzag steps to the archway which is between the two peaks. From here, the route to the left leads to Mangi and the one to the right to Tungi.









The route from the archway, leading to the left, takes us towards the Mangi Pinnacle. There are several caves at the base of the Mangi Pinnacle with carvings of Mahavir, Adinath, Parshvanath, Hanuman, Vali, Sugreeva, etc.
There are some engravings too in some of the caves. There is also a temple of Mangigiri here. The freely roaming eagles in vast expanse of blue and dotted villages in green patches make you forget the tedious climb.





The route from the archway, going to the right, goes to the Tungi pinnacle. On the plateau between the Mangi-Tungi pinnacles is a very beautiful marble temple of Krishna which is in dilapidated stage. The road from here mostly is plain till the huge steep flight of steps. Both the peaks appear grand.




 
The Tungi Pinnacle is taller than Mangi. Like Mangi, one can also go round the Tungi pinnacle. There are 3 caves on the way. There is a temple of Tungigiri in one of these caves and there are carvings Chandraprabhu, Munisuvrat Nath, Bhaubali Tirthankar and Ram, Hanuman in these caves. One can finish seeing these in around 20 minutes and turn back towards the base. Mangi and Tungi in 4-5 hours and return back to base. Overall it said that it is almost equivalent to a near 15 Km walk. The Dharmashala at the base offers excellent jain food at very reasonable price and decent accomodation.

15 comments:

  1. what is best month to visit mangi-tungi?

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    1. Post Monsoons would be best time.

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  2. Is there provision of doly? We are senior citizens above 70 yrs.

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    1. Yes sir, there is provision of Doli. Almost similar to Shikharji. With the new idol the facilities would have been upgraded too.

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  3. Is it possible to visit during end of July

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  4. Could you please tell me the doli charges for complete up and down trip to Mangi and Tungi from Dharmshala. Thanks.

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  5. is it advisable to visit mangi tungi now a days with family

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    1. I think open all year round although not sure. But When I had visited there were no shelters all the way till top. I'm sure this area must be receiving heavy rains. With Family it could be difficult especially old people. It may be a good idea to go post monsoons.

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  6. I am planning to visit Mangi tungi during 26th Jan to 27th Jan 2016 along with my family. Is it advisable to visit during these days. I am planning to take my car from Mumbai. Can we make the trip to Mangi and Tungi during day time.

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    1. Hello Suarabh, Mangi Tungi is open all the year through and the Dharmshala is big enough. You can climb during day time but its advisable to start very early AM so you reach on the top before high noon. There weren't shades available on the way, when I visited, and its tedious climb. Dolis are available for kids and old.

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    1. Mangi Tungi is open all the year through but March should be hot. Not sure if recently they have constructed any shades, so its advisable to start very early AM to climb, so that you reach on the top before high noon.

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    2. Jaijinendra. Not every one go to both the tops Mangi and Tungi. Usually, one goes up to the center of the hill where the Idol of Bhagwan Adinath is installed. For going up to the Idol, one can reach very easily by Temple Zeep + Lift. So not to worry about weather in March you will find cool air even at 9 AM also. Temple Zeep starts at 8 AM in the morning and it takes 10 mts only to reach last point of Zeep there agter you take lift and reach to Bhagwan Ji.where Abhishek will start at around 10 AM. Do not miss Abhishek of Bhagwan Ji. If you have any query please drop a mail to me at p66066@gmail.com indicating your mobile number, I will call you back and remove all your doubts. Rehards, A K JAIN

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