Paithan Jain Temple
Paithan Jain Temple is a 1000-year-old Jain Temple or Tirth located in Maharashtra dedicated to Munisuvrata, the 20th Jain Thirthankar of the Jain religion. This “Tirth” is situated in a city famous of “saris” called Paithan in the Aurangabad district. This Jain temple comprises of an idol of “Bhagwan Munisuvrat Nath” that is made up of sand. In addition, it is said that the younger brother and the wife of Lord Ram i.e. Lakshman and Sita used to frequently worship the deity in this temple. Furthermore, the deity at this “Tirth” is supposed to possess powers capable of producing “miracles”.
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a. Best time to visit Paithan Jain Temple
The best time to visit this “Tirth” is during the winter season when the climate is pleasant with the minimum temperature dropping to as low as 10 degree Celsius and which begins in October and ends in March.
b. How to reach Paithan Jain Temple
Paithan Jain Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this temple is located in Aurangabad at a distance of 56 km. The Aurangabad Railway Station is well connected to cities such as Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Amritsar, Madurai etc.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to Paithan Jain Temple then the starting points located in close proximity are Mumbai, and Nashik.
a. How to reach Paithan Jain Temple from Mumbai : The shortest route to reach from Paithan Jain Temple to Mumbai is via Bengaluru – Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai – Pune Hwy as depicted in the map above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.
b. How to reach Paithan Jain Temple from Nashik. : The fastest route from Nashik to Paithan Jain Temple is via SH 49 and the route map is depicted above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Aurangabad. The Aurangabad Airport connects to major cities in the country such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur Jaipur etc.
c. Religious significance of the Paithan Jain Temple
There are a number of popular legends related to miracles closely linked to this temple. According to a myth, during the 17th century there happene to live a scholar in the Paithan area called Shree Chimna Pandit. One day this scholar was having a conversation with his friends such as Eknath and another Muslim saint on spiritual matters. It was during this conversation that Chimna was asked about the position of the moon on the day. To this question he responded by saying that it was the day of the “Full moon or Poornima”. In response, Eknath and the Muslim saint laughed and informed him that in fact it was “Amaavasyaa or moonless night”. Now since this debate as to whether or not the day was Poornima or Amaavasyaa could not be resolved by any of the three friends, it was decided that they would confirm it by observing the sky closely at night. Concerned that he might be proved wrong Chimna visited this Paithan Jain temple dedicated to Bhagvan Munisuvrat and prayed. It is this devotion shown by Pandit that miraculously led to the formation of a “full moon/Poornima” night when in reality it should have been a “moonless/Amaavasyaa” night. This folklore in turn actually proves that Bhagvan Munisuvrat does possess a power that can produce “miracles.
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