|Author:Laxman Burdak, IFS (R)|
Nainagiri (नैनागिरि) is a major pilgrimage site for Jainism in tehsil Buxwaha of District Chhatarpur Madhya Pradesh, India. This tirth, also known as Reshandigiri, is a Siddha Kshetra where five ancient saints including Varadatta had attained nirvana.
It is 13 Km from Dalpatpur located on the Sagar-Kanpur National Highway 86. It is located 94 KM towards South from District head quarters Chhatarpur. Nearest Bus Stand Dalpatpur 13 km, Buxwaha 25 km. Nearest Railway Station Sagar 58 km. This Place is in the border of the Chhatarpur District and Damoh District. Damoh District Batiyagarh is South towards this place . Also it is in the Border of other district Sagar .
Naingiri Tirthkshetra includes a temple complex on the hill, two temples besides a lake, temples in the valley and a nearby siddha-shila.
The main temple complex is situated on a low hill, with 36 Jain Temples on hill and 15 in valley. The Jala-Mandir temple is in the middle of a pond, with a manastambha in the front. There is also a Samosharana Mandir on the other side of the pond. All the Jain temples on hill are surrounded by a wall.
The oldest temple, termed Bara Mandir, which is the eleventh temple, was unearthed a few centuries ago. According to an inscription of the temple, the year of completion was V.S. 1109 (1053 AD). The principal deity of this temple is Lord Parsvanatha in Kayotsarga 4 feet 7 inches high. This was installed in V.S. 2015 (1959 AD). A beautiful and artistic Gomeda Yaksha and Yakshini Ambika idol is also present here, with the Yakshini with a child in her lap.
The Parshvanath temple (Chauvisi Mandir) is the largest temple with a 16 foot tall idol of Lord Parshvanath of 1953 AD, along with images of the 24 tirthankaras and the images of the five munis who attained moksha here.
विजयेन्द्र कुमार माथुर ने लेख किया है ... नैनागिरि (AS, p.508) बुंदेलखंड, मध्य प्रदेश का ऐतिहासिक स्थान है। इस स्थान पर मध्ययुगीन बुंदेलखंड की संस्कृति के परिचायक तथा तत्कालीन वास्तु तथा शिल्प के स्मारक खंडहरों के रूप में मौजूद हैं, जिनके उत्खनन से बहुत महत्त्वपूर्ण पुरातत्व संबंधी सामग्री प्राप्त होने की सम्भावना है।