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The Lost Birthplace of Lord Shitalnath - Bhaddilpur

Shri Shitalnath Bhagwan, Bhaddilpur Tirth Unknown to many, the birthplace of Lord Shitalnath, Bhaddilpur was lost until a couple of years ago. According to ancient scriptures, the kingdom of Bhadrikapuri was ruled from its capital, Bhaddilpur by King Dradhrath and Queen Sunanda (of Ikshavaku clan), parents of Lord Shitalnath. The city was thus blessed with the fortune of being the holy land where Lord’s Chyawan, Janma, Diksha and Kevalgyan kalyanaks took place. Dawn at Bhaddilpur Tirth The city was home to many grand Jain temples during ancient times, however as western India became the stronghold of Jains, it became very difficult for revered Acharya’s to travel to these Kalyanak bhumi’s situated (in eastern regions) in the medieval ages. Further, due to decline in Jainism and repeated foreign invasions, every trace of this Kalyanak Bhumi was destroyed around 150 years ago. Dawn at Bhaddilpur Tirth Declared Vicchedit (destroyed & lost) since the past c

Palanpur - The divine abode of Lord Pallaviya Parshwanath

Located around 150 km from Ahmedabad and just 50 km from Mt. Abu lies the town of Palanpur, the abode of one of the most ancient and divine idols of Lord Parshwanath – Shri Pallaviya Parshwanath.  Despite holding a special mention among the holy 108 Parshwanath Tirths, Palanpur is less frequented by pilgrims due to lack of awareness regarding the historicity and divinity of this holy tirth. The divine idol of Lord Pallaviya Parshwanath The antiquity of the temple dates back to more than 800 years and is noted for its intricate marble carvings similar to Dilwara temples of Mt. Abu. Earlier known as “ Prahaldanpur Patan ”, the city of Palanpur was founded by Emperor Prahaladan Dev of the Paramar dynasty in the 13 th century.  The Jinalay of Pallaviya Parshwanath Bhagwan The Jinalay of Pallaviya Parshwanath Bhagwan Once, to please his subjects, the emperor ransacked a 4 tonne Panch-Dhaatu statue ( a statue made from an alloy of 5 holy metals- gold, silver, coppe

The magical town lost in time- Bundi

“To give on paper any adequate idea of the Boondi-ki-Mahal is impossible. Jeypore (Jaipur) Palace may be called the Versailles of India; Udaipur’s House of State is dwarfed by the hills round it and the spread of the Pichola Lake; Jodhpur’s House of Strife, grey towers on red rock, is the work of giants, but the Palace of Boondi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams – the work of goblins rather than of men ” -Rudyard Kipling  The Taragarh Fort and palace from Nawalsagar lake Situated 35km from Kota and 200 km from Jaipur lies the captivating town of Bundi surrounded on three sides by the Nagpahari hills of the Aravalli Range. This magnificient town blends history with fables offering solitude from maddening tourists. Few places in Rajasthan retain so much of the magical atmosphere of its rich heritage. Perhaps for that reason the town’s rough charm remains undiminished through the folds of time. The grand palace