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Muktagiri Siddha Kshetra

Muktagiri Siddha Kshetra, popularly known as Muktagiri, is extraordinarily beautiful Jain religious destination. While there are certainly many beautiful sacred Jain places and temples all across India, but Muktagiri is surely in different league all together. After all, it brings together 52 beautiful Jain temples in the very lap of scenically beautiful Satpuda Mountain range. It’s indeed a place where spiritual divinity meets Mother Nature to create breathtaking beauty. This unlikely beautiful religious destination is located in Bhainsdehi tehsil of Betul district, very near to the borders of Amravati district of Maharashtra.

Muktagiri Siddha Kshetra

Jain devotees have accorded immense importance to this place . Sacred Jain scriptures tell us that nearly 3 million Jain monks including Teerthankar Bhagwan Sheetalnath had achieved Nirvana (salvation) at this very place. King Shrenik Bimbasara of Maghdha Empire, who was contemporary of Lord Mahavira, had begun building small Jain temples at this place some 2,500 years ago. But this place really came on its own and acquired immense importance during the reign of relatively unknown king called king Ail Shripal of Elichpur. He is believed to have taken great stride in beautifying this place. There are almost 52 temples each located very much near to each other.

Attractions At Muktagiri Siddha Kshetra

Temples are the main attraction of this region. Each of the 52 temples here is considered as very auspicious by Jain devotees. The temple no 26 though is considered as the main and also the most sacred amongst all temples here. It is dedicated to Lord Parsvanatha, twenty-third Tirthankara of Jainism. This temple is also referred as ‘Bada Mandir’, probably because it is the biggest of all temples here. The rest of 51 temples have their own importance. All of them houses different important Jain gods and religious figures.

Attractions At Muktagiri Siddha Kshetra

A breathtaking waterfall located very near to temple no 10. This is undeniably one of the best highlights of Muktagiri. This place is as it is surrounded with immense lush greenery and hence this waterfall is like but an icing on the cake. However, joy of watching this waterfall is possible only during monsoon season (June to September).

Temple Timings and Accommodation Facilities

Unlike most temples that are open from morning to evening, Muktagiri Temples are open for darshan only during morning, from 6 A.M to 11 A.M. After 11. A.M doors of all the temples are closed down and devotees have to take Darshan from outside itself. There are some 4 to 5 Dharamshala inside temple vicinity that provide accommodation at affordable rates. Each Dharamshala has some 20 simple rooms with attached toilet and bathroom. Besides, there is common dining room where only pure vegetarian food is served. The accommodation rent (does not include food) is somewhere between Rs 100 to Rs 150 per day.

How to Reach Muktagiri ?

As of today there are no direct public or private buses from any town or village of Betul district to Muktagiri. Hence the most feasible option is to travel via bus to Paratwada village. Paratwada village actually falls in Amarvati district of Maharashtra, but is located very near to border of Betul district. From Paratwada village there are decent numbers of private/public buses and vehicles to Muktagiri throughout the day. We highly advice all the prospective travelers to avail govt S.T bus service, as their fares are very affordable. Another good option is to travel via bus to Kharpi village, which is actually nearest village to Muktagiri – just 7 kms away. From Kharpi village too there are many public/private buses to Muktagiri.

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