“52 yards” is what a famous Jain pilgrimage site called “Bawangaja” located in Madhya Pradesh literally means. This religious site is located in the Barwani district. It is also known for a magnificent 84 feet statue (carved out of a mountain) of Lord Adinath, the first Tirthankara in the Jain religion. This statue apparently was built during the early 12th century. Important travel information related to this “Jain Temple” is as follows.
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a. Best time to visit Bawangaja:
The ideal time to visit this “pious” pilgrimage site is during the winters which begin in October and ends in March as the climate is extremely pleasant during this period with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 27 degree Celsius to a minimum of 5 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Bawangaja
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this holy pilgrimage site is located in Indore. The Indore Railway Station is well connected to major cities and towns in the country.
2. By road:
There are a number of bus services available from Indore (nearest city to this pilgrimage site) that is well connected to major cities in the country such as Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Vadodara etc.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this pilgrimage site is located in Indore. The Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, Indore is well connected to major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance:
This pilgrimage site is renowned for an 84 feet statue of Lord Adinath, the first Tirthankara in Jainism. This statue is located on the Satpura Range at a height of 1,300 feet. According to a legend this site is considered to be a destination where “moksha” i.e. salvation can be attained. It is said that mythological characters such as Indrajeet, Kumbhkaran and a number of munis i.e. saints have attained salvation at this site. Additionally, the palace of Mandodari (wife of Ravana) is located in the mountain where the renowned statue of Lord Adinath is also situated.