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Temples & Legends Of Bihar
Index Of Bihar Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author
Phulher Ma Paudi
Benusagar Mandar Hill
Sultanganj Konch
Mundesvari Parasnath
Vaisali Nalanda
Patan Devi Aranya Devi
Shahabad Sonepur
Uchaitha Kurkihar
Masarh Maheshi
Jagarnathpur Harmandir
Deoghar Singheshwarsthan
Mahabodhi  
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PARASNATH

The Jains are remarkable in one respect-they have raised most beautiful temples at various inaccessible places. They have notspared any efforts or money in order that the emblems of their faith may stand. Intensely attached to the doctrine of Ahimsa (harmlessness), one part of the Jains has engaged them in business and has spent money like water to propagate their faith through temples, libraries and pilgrimages.

The other class of the Jains, who are dedicated or Sadhus, have denied themselves almost every physical comfort and move from place to place holding discourses and spreading the message of Jainism. It is no wonder that Parasnath Hill, which is so very important to the Jains, should have quite a few temples, the Most important of which is known as Jala Mandir.

Parasnath Hill attracts pilgrims in there thousands from distant parts of India. The hill is also called Samet Sikhar but is more popular as Parasnath, having derived the name from Parsvanath, the 23rd Tirthan- kara who attained Nirvana there. The present temple is not very old, although the idol in the main temple is obviously ancient. The Sanskrit inscriptions at the foot of the images indicate that they were put in the temple in 1678 A.D.

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