Navagraha Teertha


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Distance (From Hubli): 17 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour

Place Location: At Varur

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 17 km from Hubli Junction Railway Station, Navagraha Teertha or Navagraha Tirtha is a Jain temple situated at Varur near Hubli, Karnataka. It is one of the major places of pilgrimage for the Jain community in India, and among the top places to visit in Hubli.

Adjacent to the Pune-Bangalore Road, the construction of Navagraha Teertha began in 2005 and was inaugurated in 2009 with mahamasthabhishekam. The work was supervised by Sri Gunadhar Nandi Maharaj, supported by Sri Dharmasena Bhattaraka Swamiji and hundreds of volunteers with donations from philanthropists. It has become an important place in Karnataka that draws huge crowds from all over the country.

Spread over 45 acres, the temple features a 61-foot tall monolithic idol of the Shri Parshvanatha in the Kayotsarga posture mounted on a 48 feet (15 m) pedestal making its total height 109 feet. The statue is the tallest statue of the Jain deity Parshvanatha in India and weighs 185 tons. The monolithic statue of Lord Parshwantha is larger than the statue of Gomateshwara or Lord Bahubali in Shravanabelagola. There are also smaller statues of the other eight Jain Tirthankaras.

It is believed that the Graha doshas of nine planets can be resolved by worshipping the following nine Tirthankaras here. Accordingly, the statues have been mounted on respective planet-like structures that the Teerthankars represent at the Navagraha Tirtha. Bhagavan Padmaprabhu (Sun), Bhagavan Chandraprabhu (Moon), Vasupujya (Mars), Mallinath (Mercury), Mahaveer (Jupiter), Pushpadanta (Venus), Munisruvata (Saturn), and Neminatha (Rahu) have been installed. Bhagavan Parshwanath Teerthankar is believed to have the power to remove the dosha caused by Ketu.

Yatri Nivas is being constructed near the Navagraha Jain Temple for tourists. Lodging and boarding facility is available for visitors free of cost here. About 50 rooms have been built to accommodate tourists, who are also served breakfast and lunch every day. There are also plans to set up a musical fountain and garden on the lines of the one in Brindavan.

The best time to visit this place is during Mahamastakabhisheka and Mahavir Jayanti. While Mahamastakabhisheka will be held at Shravanabelagola once in 12 years, the same would be conducted at Navagraha Tirtha, Varur, once after nine years, nine months, and nine days.

Timings: 8 AM - 7.30 PM

Entry: Free