Tuesday, May 19, 2009
KUNTHALGIRI - Maharashtra
Name : Shri Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra Kunthalgiri.
Location : Kunthalgiri, Taluka – Bhoom, Dist. – Osmanabad (Maharashtra)
Legend : Once upon a time while Ram – Lakshmana with Seeta were in nearby forest during their 14 years period of living in forest, they heard uproar and many terrible sounds on the hill. They came to know that a god of heaven (enemy of previous life) troubling to both saints. Ram – Lakshmana then went to hill and freed them from trouble (Upsarga). Simultaneously both the ascetic saints attained Kevalgyan (Super natural knowledge) and also salvation from there.
Description : Kunthalgiri is the only sacred place of southern India from where two ascetic saints named Shri Kul Bhushan & Desh Bhushan achieved salvation and went to Moksha in the period of Lord Munisuvratnath (20th Teerthankar).
This Kshetra is situated on 175 feet high hill. Two ancient images of foot pairs of Kul Bhushan & Desh Bhushan are installed here in the main temple. It is said that a celibaty of village Babavar Shri Metashah saw a dream in a night that where a cow allows her milk to suckle by her calf, at that place there are lying the feet images of Lord Kul Bhushan – Desh Bhushan. According the dream, Shri Metashah searched that place and dig there to get ancient feet images. Thus these feet images were recovered. All the public present there viewed the images with worship full of devotion and enthusiasm. They took the images and installed them on a high rock.
Shri Kul Bhushan & Desh Bhushan were prince of a state, due to some unexpected event both were inspired to accept asceticism, thus they put off their clothes & ornaments and became ascetic saints and started Tup (Penance) to purify soul from affection, spiritual ignorance and so many ailments and to achieve salvation.
Atishaya : It is said that in the main temple of Kunthalgiri. The Kul Bhushan Desh Bhushan Temple, about 50 years ago sound of bells were heard in night and consecration took place. In the morning water of consecration was found in temple.
Website : http://www.jainteerth.com/teerth/kunthalGiri.asp