Pisanhari Ki Madiya


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Distance (From Jabalpur Junction): 9 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 9 km from Jabalpur Junction, Pisanhari ki Madiya is a well-known Jain pilgrimage center located in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. Situated near Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical college, it is one of the important places to visit in Jabalpur, especially for Jains.

Located on top of a 300 feet high hill, Pisanhari ki Madiya was built in the year 1442 CE by a poor woman named Pishanhari. According to legend, Pisanhari was a poor woman who saved enough money by grinding flour on a hand-driven stone grinder to construct the temple. To pay her a befitting tribute, this temple was named Pisanhari ki Madiya which can be translated to the woman preparing wheat flour on a hand-operated stone mill. A statue of Pisanhari is at the temple's entrance, and the quern stones or grinding stones are still kept on top of the entrance gate of the temple.

Covers an area of about 18 acres, the Pisanhari ki Madiya temples is a complex of 13 smaller temples including the Samavsaran Mandir, the Manastambha, the Bhagwan Bahubali statue, and the Shri Nandishwar Dweep Jinalaya, among others. Nandishwar Dweep Jinalya is the largest Jain temple in the foothills and is famous for its artwork. The roof of the temple is built in vault fashion and includes a mandapa and a two-story garbhagriha. The temple houses 152 marble idols of Tirthankara seated in small shrines, along with a giant 55 feet tall idol of Bahubali. The temple complex also includes a Gurukula, a girls' hostel, a dharmshala, and a Bhojnalaya.

There is a flight of 350 steps leading to the temple, which may not be agreeable to those who are aged and physically challenged. Surrounded by plants and trees, the temple complex and the surrounding area provide a peaceful atmosphere where you may spend a lot of time praying or in meditation. The temple is thronged by devotees on festivals like Kshamaavaani, and Das Lakshan Parva.

Timings: 6 AM - 9 PM

Entry: Free