Kundalpur Digambar Jain Temple
#5 of 10 Places to Visit in Nalanda
Distance (From Nalanda Railway Station): 5 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Place Location: At Kundalpur
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 2 km from Nalanda University Ruins, and 5 km from Nalanda Railway Station, Kundalpur Digambar Jain Temple is a sacred place situated at Kundalpur near Nalanda, Bihar. Located just outside Nalanda, it is one of the important pilgrimage places for the Jains, and among the must include places in Nalanda Packages.
Kundalpur is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Mahavira, the 24th and last of Jain Tirthankaras. Tirthankar Mahavir was born about 2600 years ago at this place. The father of Mahavir was King Siddartha and his mother Trishala was the daughter of King Chetaka of Vaishali. Mahavir is said to have spent the first 22 years of his life at Kundalpur. Also, it is the place of birth of Gautam Swamiji who was the first disciple of Lord Mahavira. Being the birthplace of Lord Mahavira, Kundalpur is an important pilgrim destination for Jain devotees.
A grand temple with beautiful spires has been built here to mark the birthplace with a four and a half feet tall idol of Bhagwan Mahavira in Padmasana posture. This splendid temple is very artistic, beautiful, indescribable, and spectacular. There is an ancient umbrella outside the temple where foot images of Lord Mahavira are installed. There is a huge magnificent Keerthi Sthambha with 8 idols of Lord Mahavir.
Nandyavrat Mahal, a palace where Lord Mahavir was born and several other temples have been constructed which include Bhagavan Mahavir Jin Mandir, Bhagavan Rishabh Dev Jin Mandir, Navagraha Jin Mandir, Trikaal Choubisee Jin Mandir, and Shantinath Jinalaya. The 16 dreams that were seen by queen Trishala to indicate the birth of a Tirthankar are beautifully picturized in these temples and her foot images are also installed in these temples. There is an art gallery of photos and pictures related to Lord Mahavira. There are two lotus lakes the Dirga Pushkarni and Pandava Pushkarni marking the spot.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM