So, Got this Opportunity for a day Trip to Hastinapur Visited Few places in this one day trip to Hastinapur we visited Shri Digamber Jain Prachin Bada Mandir, Jambudweep Jain Tirth , Pandeshwar Temple, dam situated on river Ganges near bijnaur. also we tried to find out the bird century in Hastinapur but we could not find the entry place.
Starting the trip from my in laws home in Moradabad, Hastinapur is 97 km away, we started the journey by 10 am and reached there around 12.30
As Neglected and rather undeveloped place important in Hindu heritage tourism circuit, hastinapur deserves more. it has very important place in hindu history, today besides the remains of the pandav history with age old tree, its now a important place with Jain devotees having Shri Digamber Jain Prachin Bada Mandir, Jambudweep Jain Tirth,
“The seat of Kauravas”
Hastinapur is an ancient town which was the centre to the glorious tales of the epic Mahabharata. Situated on the banks of Ganga near Meerut in UP, Hastinapur is also the birth place of three Jain Teerthankara, and it has become an important centre of pilgrimage for the Jains.
It was the capital of Kauravas and was ruled by the Pandavas after winning the Mahabharata. From that era to this, the city has come along a long way but it is still known as the town of Mahabharata. It is fascinating in its own way and as it has lived through ages, it has also kept the spirit of mythology alive. Being an important part of the epic, every nook and corner of the city has been a part of it in some way.
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Shri Digamber Jain Prachin Bada Mandir
Shri Digamber Jain Bada Mandir is one of the oldest Jain temples in Hastinapur. The main temple is believed to have been built in 1801 under the aegis of Raja Harsukh Rai, who was the imperial treasurer of Emperor Shah Alam II. The temple has many other facilities, including, police station, Digamber Jain Gurukul, and a Udaseen Ashram. Several tourist attractions like Jal Mandir, Jain Library, Acharya Vidyanand Museum, 24 Tonks, and the ancient Nishiyajis are situated within 500 m from the main temple.
Jambudweep Jain Tirth
Jambudweep, depicting a model of Jain cosmology, was designed here under the supervision of Shri Gyanmati Mataji in 1985. The premises has various Jain temples which includes Sumeru Parvat, Lotus Temple, Teen Murti Mandir, Meditation Temple, Badi Murti, Teen Lok Rachna and many other tourist attractions.
According to a popular belief, Ashtapad exists in the high mountain range of Himalayas, some 160 miles ahead of Badrinath. It is believed that it was here that the first Tirthankara, Bhagwan Rishabhdev attained his salvation, Maharaja Bharat Chakravarti built a palace on the spot in the Ashtapad mountains and decorated it with diamonds.
It is believed that who visits Ashtapad attains salvation, in conformity with this belief, the Jains made a copy of Ashtapad in Hastinapur. Ashtapad means eight steps, it is 151ft tall with a diameter as huge as 108m. The height of every step is equal to the diameter. It is a beautiful sight to witness.
Situated in the historic location of the ancient city of Hastinapur, the Pandeshwar temple is dedicated to Shiva. This temple is believed to be the place where Kauravas and Pandavas received their education in Vedas and Puranas. A temple of the Hindu goddess Kali and many Hindu ashramas are also present on a hillock between the ruins. Legend has it that in the Mahabharata period, Pandu’s eldest son Yudhishthira, had established the shivalinga at the Pandeshwar Mahadev temple before the war of Mahabharata and prayed to Shiva for a blessing of winning the war.
We Moved around the century but were not able to find the way to enter into the century however we came to learn that Hastinapur Sanctuary, established in 1986, is one of the prominent wildlife projects in India. The sanctuary extends over a wide area, encompassing the districts of Meerut, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Bijnore, Hapur, and Jyotiba Phule Nagar in Uttar Pradesh. It is a sprawling forest, occupying an area of nearly 2,073 square kilometres
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