a close up view of bawangaja temple from the front

Bawangaja, Madhya Pradesh, India


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Intricate Craftsmanship

Bawangaja, located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is a revered Jain pilgrimage site known for its impressive statue of Lord Rishabhanatha, the first Tirthankara of Jainism. This sacred place draws devotees and tourists alike due to its spiritual significance and serene natural surroundings.

The main attraction of Bawangaja is a colossal statue of Lord Rishabhanatha, also known as Adinath. This monolithic statue stands at a towering height of 84 feet (about 25.6 meters) and is carved out of a single piece of granite rock. It is one of the tallest Jain statues in the world, and its intricate craftsmanship and spiritual aura make it a significant pilgrimage site for Jains.

the bawangaja monolith with the view of satpura mountain range

It is an important pilgrimage destination for followers of Jainism, particularly the Digambara sect. Devotees flock to this site to pay their respects, offer prayers, and seek blessings.

The tranquil ambiance and natural beauty of the surroundings create a conducive atmosphere for meditation and spiritual reflection.

Spiritual Journey

The path leading to the statue passes through dense forests and hills, providing a scenic and serene experience. The lush greenery and natural beauty of the region enhance the spiritual journey.

a close up view of bawangaja temple from the front

The best time to visit Bawangaja is during the winter months, from October to February, when the weather is cool and pleasant for outdoor exploration and temple visits. Monsoon season, from June to September, brings heavy rainfall and can make the terrain slippery and challenging, so it is advisable to avoid visiting during this period.

Getting There

location_cityState & Capital - Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

flightDevi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport, Indore - 215 Kilometers

directions_carIndore - 200 Kilometers via NH 347B and NH52

trainBarwani Railway Station - 40 Kilometers

bawangaja monolith statue of adinatha jain tirthankar

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