Sunday, August 28, 2011

Kunthalgiri Sidhha Kshetra

Marathwada Circuit- 1200 Kms, 7 forts, 2 Caves
Day 1: Pune-Madha-Paranda-Tuljapur (360 Kms)
Day 2: Dharshiv Caves
Day 3: Tuljapur-Ausa-Kharosa-Udgir-Nanded (280 Kms)
Day 4: Nanded-Kandhar-Dharur-Kunthaligiri (290 Kms)
Day 5: Kunthaligiri-Kharda-Bhadurgad AKA Dharmaveergad-Pune (265 Kms)




Type: Jain Digamber Sidhha kshetra
Base Village: Kunthalgiri
Where: 228 Kms from Pune, 70 Kms from Osmanabad
Route: Nanded-Loha-Kandhar-Parli Vaijnath- Ambajogai-Dharur-Kunthalgiri
Time visited: August 2011
How to reach: While travelling from Osmanabad you have to take a left turn to the kshetra at Saramkundi Phata. Saramkundi Phata is a junction which cannot be easily missed as this is famous for Khawa, Pedhe and many milk made products and you would see several shops at the junction. The khawa is really yummy and was priced at 160rs/kg.
Various Lodging-Boarding facilities are available at the kshetra. The Vip suites are well equiped.
My Meter reading from Pune: 940 Kms

This Siddha Kshetra is situated on 175 feet high hill. Two ancient images of foot pairs of Kul Bhushan & Desh Bhushan are installed here in the main temple built in around 1932.









Per legend, Kunthalgiri is said to be the only place of southern India from where two ascetic saints named Shri Kul Bhushan & Desh Bhushan achieved salvation and went to Moksha during period of Ram. Shri Kul Bhushan & Desh Bhushan were princes of the state, who sacrificed everything and achieved salvation.




Kunthalgiri is also famous for the samadhi-sthal of Acharya Shanti Sagarji Maharaj.

There are well built steps to the temples on the hill.







On the topmost level there is huge statue of Bhaubali Bhagwan.










The main temple view.








Main Temple & Idol : 
Main temple of Kunthalgiri is Shri Kul Bhushan – Desh Bhushan Mandir known as Bara Mandir with 3 feet high statutes. There are various temples with Idols of Shantinath, Munisuvratnath & Adinath bhagwan and other Thirthankars.





2 comments:

  1. Dear sumit,
    while planning for a road trip to marathwada I came across your blog, & what a treasure it was.I could get hints of some great places like Ausa , Paranda & Laxmi narayan Temple. I came back on 29th Oct. Your blog will be a great guide for our further trips too. Thanks a lot. & All the best! Juee

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