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Mangi Tungi Jain Temple, Maharashtra Travel Guide

About the place: Mangi Tungi is a famous pilgrimage center of Jain religion. It is located in Nasik district of the state of Maharashtra. Mangi Tungi is a twin-pinnacled peak and is one of most sacred places in Jain religion. It also holds significance from Hindu point of view as according to mythology Mangi Tungi is considered to be the place where crores of ascetic saints including Ram, Hanuman, Sugriv, Neel Nal, Mahaneel etc gained the salvation. Thus the place is also referred as Siddha Shetra. \\\\r\\\\nAbout 4500 steps take you to Mangi Tungi peak which is abundant with many religious and historical temples and monuments. Many caves named after the Jain Tirthankaras like Mahavir, Shantinath, Adinath, Parshava etc are situated there. Many idols and sculptures of Tirthankaras are found in those caves. Besides there are some inblockedions carved on the idols and walls of the caves which date many centuries back. \\\\r\\\\nThere are about nine caves at Mangi peak. The first cave contains a 3.5 feet high idol of Bhagavan Mahavir. Besides, there are numerous stone idols and sculptures carved on the walls of the cave. One of the caves houses the idol of Adinath. Many other idols and sculpture carved in the caves are in Padmasan and Khadgasan posture. Tungi peak also houses some caves containing the idol of Hindu gods and Jain Tirthankaras as well. Besides Bhilwadi village situated at the foot of Mangi Tungi peak is home to several Jain temples built about 200 year ago. Parshwanath Jain Temple and Adinath temple some of the Jain temples situated in the village. \\\\r\\\\nHow to get there: Mangi Tungi can easily be reached from the city of Nasik. From Nasik one has to go to Satana (about 88 km), then move further to Taharabad (27 km). Bhilwadi, the base village of Mangi Tungi peak, is just 10 km away from Taharabad. There are many State Transport buses plying from Taharabad to Bhilwadi. There are also some direct buses available from Nasik to Bhilwadi. Private cars and taxis can also be hired from Nasik to reach here. Nasik on other hand is well linked to other parts of the country. Railway station of Nasik is connected to Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and many other cities of the state and rest of the country. \\\\r\\\\nOther details: Mangi Tungi also hosts a fair every year on the 15th day of Margashisha month. On the occasion of the fair Mangi Tungi is visited by thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the country. Fort of Kanchanpur and fort of Mulher are some of interesting places nearby you can visit on your tour to Mangi Tungi. Bhilwadi, the base village of Mangi Tungi houses several Dharmashalas which provide accommodation facility to the pilgrims coming from far and wide. Devotees coming to Mangi Tungi do visit Gajpantha, another sacred place of Jain situated just 6 km away from Nasik.\\\\r\\\\n

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