International Panchkalyanak Mahotsav 11 Feb to 17 Feb 2016, Mahamastakabhishek from 18 Feb 2016
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Shri Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra Aharji Aharji, Taluka – Baldeogarh, District – Teekamgarh (M.P.) Pin 472001 Phone 07683 – 298932, 9926610184 Nearby City : Baldeogarh 10 km Teekamgarh 25 km Lalitpur 83 km Jhansi 120 km Mauranipur 62 km
This Siddha Kshetra Aharji is very ancient sacred place and very important for historical & archaeological aspects. Broken fragments of Jain idols & Jain temples are available here in huge quantity here & there came out from the earth. From petrography it is very clear that there were so many sky high Jain temples made of stones. By the inscription on rocks of V.S. 1100 to 1500, it is very clear that at the name of king Madanvarmdeo, old name of this place was Madansagarpur and a pond named Madansagar still exist here. After the salvation of Bhagwan Mallinath (The 19th Teerthankar), 17th Kamdeo Shri Madan Kumar (Nalraj) and in the period of Lord Mahaveer, Shri Bishkambal attained salvation from here. Atishaya – A famous businessman Panashah found here his tin metal converted to silver, this event shows the miracle of this place. The place where Panashah stayed here still exists. That place is known as ‘Tanda Ka Khandha’. (Jain Directory Mumbai Year 1914) After fast of one month, an ascetic saint got Ahar (Meal) here when the disturbances created by Yakshini (The Mythological Demigoddess) vanished. So this place was given the name Aharji, the current famous name. So many persons come here for fulfillment of their desires.
Main Temple & Idol : Here’s main temple is Shri 1008 Shantinath Temple, this has the 18 feet high, very beautiful colossus of Lord Shantinath, the principal deity with two standing idols of Lord Kunthunath & Arahnath in both sides. This is one of the best idols of India in the views of sculptural art. Around the main temple, there installed “Tribal Choubeesee” (24 Teerthankars each for three eras Present, Past & Future). Main temple was completed in 12th century and colossus of principal deity Lord Shantinath was installed in V.S. 1237.
Means of approach : Road – Aharji stands on the road from Teekamgarh to Chhatarpur. Busses are available on every hour. Train – Railway Station Lalitpur 83 km, Jhansi 120 km, Mauranipur 62 km Airport – Khajuraho