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Shri 1008 Ajitnath Digambar Jain Atishaya Kshetra Bandhaji (M.P.) Place & Post – Bandha, Via – Mohangarh, Taluka – Jatara, District – Tikamgarh (M.P.) Pin – 472101 Phone: 07681-290604, 9098355530
The 900 years old black coloured magnificent & miraculous idol of principal deity Bhagwan Ajitnath is installed in a basement the temple. According to historical & archeological evidences available, this Kshetra seems to be more than 1500 years old. This place is situated amidst the beautiful hills. The 7 Bhonware (Basements) are quite famous in ‘Bundelkhand’ which are situated in ‘Pava’, ‘Deogarh’, ‘Seron’, ‘Karguvan’, ‘Bandha’, ‘Papora’ & ‘Thuvon’. It is said that these 7 Basements were got constructed by two brothers namely ‘Devpat’ & ‘Khevpat’. The two ancient spired temples are also constructed here. It seems that this place was developed during the time of Chandel Kings & Bhonware (Basement) constructed during the time of Muslim rulers in order to keep the idols safe and hidden.
Atishaya: - (i) During Mughal Period when idols were being destroyed and an attempt was made at this temple for the ancient idols it is said then all the idol destroyers were caught in a kind of Bond and they realized the miraculous power and felt sorry and gone through expiation. After they did expiation they got freed from that miracle this place is called as ‘Bandha Ji’. (ii) Acharya Shri Mahaveer Kirtiji visited here in year 1953 along with his Sangh. At that time there was no water in the well. But as Acharya sprinkle ‘Abhishek Ka Jal’ (water of consecration) in the well the water got filled in the well on its own. From that time onwards the water is always available in this well. (iii) A huge serpent also resides in Bhonyara and it can be seen frequently and because of this serpent the visitors who are not devotional are not able to enter inside Basement and the idols remain protected. (iv) In the silence of night one hears the devotional songs and dance & other musical instruments. (v) Once in Samvat 1890 one artist was going to ‘Bamhori’ for selling the idols. Suddenly the Bullock cart became standstill near the ‘Big Peepal’ Tree of Bamhori. All efforts proved vain, the moment when artist decided that he will install the idol in ‘Bandhaji Kshetra’. The cart started moving towards Bandhaji. This idol is still installed in huge temple of Bandhaji.
At Bandhaji ksheta, the idol of principal deity Bhagwan Ajitnath is installed in ancient Bhonwara. It was created & reverenced in Samvat 1199. It is black colored 2 & half feet high in Padmasana posture. The idol is quite ancient, miraculous serene & calm. On both sides of this idol 2 feet high Khadgasana idols of Bhagwan Adinath & Bhagwan Sambhavnath are installed respectively. These both idols were reverenced in Samvat 1209. The other idols of Bhagwan Adinath, Sambhavnath & Neminath are also installed here. The huge spired temple is built near Bhonyara & it is 65 feet high. This temple was constructed in dense forest. Built in 18th century, this temple is quite artistic. There is one small temple near the spired temple. The small temple was possibly a ‘Math’ in ancient times and later it was converted into small temple. Like ‘Gandhkuti’ it is quite artistic. There are 12 doors in this altar and ‘Dharmachakra’ is created in center of this temple.