Shri Digamber Jain Teerth Kshetra Ayoddhya (U.P.)

    According to Jain scriptures Ayoddhya is an immortal place where Teerthankars keep taking birth. Out of present chaubeesee (24 Teerthankars) five were born in Ayoddhya. As per Jain scriptures this town was designed by Kuber (Damon) by the order of Saudharm Indra (King of heaven), there after the parents of Bhagvan Rishabh Deo settled here. At this place Rishabh Deo’s Garbh, Janm and Deeksha Kalyanak were celebrated.

Lord Rishabh Deo initiated Karm-Yug on the day Aasharh Krishna Pratipada and imparted the knowledge of Asi(weapons), Masi (Art of Writing language), Krishi (Agriculture), Vidya (Dance and Music and Arts), Shilp (Creation and Construction) and Vanijya (Commerce). He invented script and numerology while teaching his daughters, Brahmi and Sundari. This is the place where he taught 72 arts to his sons including Bharat and Bahubali. For the proper functioning of society, he established three varna – Kshatria, Vaishya and Shoodra here. Brahmin Varna was established by his son Bharat Chakravarty. Lord Rishabh Deo divided the whole country in 52 Janpads (district) for the convenience of ruling and administration. He also gave the credit of initiating the Dharm-Marg (the path of self-perception, self-welfare) to this city by accepting Muni-Deeksha (monk-hood, to be ascetic).

After him, second Teerthankar Ajit Nath, 4th Abhinandan Nath, 5th sumati Nath and 14th Teerthankar Anant Nath also took birth here. Here at Ayoddhya, 18 Kalyanak Mahotsava were organized related to above five Teerthankars. In this way Ayoddhya has the great importance from the point of view of Jain Dharma. Besides this, Ayoddhya is world famous for Maryada Purushottam Lord Ram. Lord Ram was famous for the protection of popular morals, paternal devotion, solidarity and other ideals. Through his character, he greatly / deeply influenced the Indian Culture. Ram-Rajya is still remembered as an ideal example of the administration of a state.

Apart from this, Ayoddhya has witnessed several other significant events which have left deep impression upon the people.


Ayoddhya has been the centre of cultural and political awakeningin the past. Initially it was the capital of Ikshwakuvanshi kings. From last Manu to 112 generations of Ikshwakuvanshi ruled here. These kings were later known as Survanshi and puruvanshi. The kingdom of Ayoddhya was called Kaushal which was later divided in to two parts. The capital of North Caushal was Shravasti while that of South Kaushal was Ayoddha. During Bhagvan Mahaveer’s period Kaushal was one of the 16 Janpads (districts). Ayoddhya became the centre of literature and art during reign of emperor Chandra-Gupta Vikramaditya.

History of Bhagvan Adinath’s Tonk

This Tonk is situated at Baksaria Tola, Purana Thana Mohalla of Ayoddhya. It is said that there used to be a jain temple at the birth place of Bhagvan Adinath, where a mosque was being built in the Mughal Period. At that time Lala Keshari Mal, a resident of Delhi politely informed local Nawab Faizuddinthat that the site where the mosque was being built, was the birth place of Bhagvan Adinath. Therefore there should be this temple at that place. On hearing this, the Nawab asked proof. Then Lala Keshari Mal said that if that place is dug up, three things would be excavated, viz Ghee Deepak, Swastika and a Coconut. On the order of Nawab, this place was dug up and these three things were found. Then the Nawab ordered his men to stop building the mosque there and allowed a Jain Temple to be built there.

Then Jains had built a Tonk there and instead of an idol they put Charans (foot images) there.

Temples & Idols :

(1). Glorious Jinalaya with a pinnacle, situated at Mohalla Raiganj has a very captivating 31 Ft. high idol of Bhagvan Adinath in standing posture. In the same premises, there is a Samavsharan Mandir and a Teen (three) Chaubeesee (24) Temple, which are the centre of attraction.

There are two high altars on the each side of the idol of Bhagvan Adi Nath. On one side there are idols of Bhagvan Ajit Nath & Abhinandan Nath and on the other side those of Sumati Nath and Anant Nath. These magnificent idols are in standing posture and 5 Ft. high. On another altar, there is an idol of Bhagvan Chandra Prabhu.

These idols were installed under the direction of Aacharya Desh Bhushanji in 1965.There was a big function to mark this occasion.

There is a garden of flowers in the vast stretch of landing front of the temple. There is a very high and attractive gate outside the temple, Dharmshala is built on both sides of this gate. The temple and the garden are surrounded by a high rampart.

(2). A temple around 300 years old, is situated in Mohalla Katra. In the main altar of this temple, a 2’ 9” high white idol of Bhagvan Adinath is situated in sitting posture. This was established in V.S. 2009. On each side of this idol, the idols of Bhagvan Ajitnath (V.S. 1548) and Sumatinath are established. There are other idols also at this place.

There are three idols in second altar and among them it is Bhagvan Abhinandan nath’s idol which is considered the most prominent. It was established in V.S. 1224.

In the lobby, in front of this altar, a Tonk is situated, where Bhagvan Sumatinath’s foot images are established. These foot images were renovated by lala Keshari Mal Agarwal, a resident of Delhi in V.S. 1781.

Third altar is that of Bhagvan Adinath, here a 9 Ft. high very beautiful idol of Bhagvan Adinath in standing posture is established. It has on it’s one side an idol of Bhagvan Bharat and on the other side that of Bhagvan Bahubali both in standing posture and 5’6” in height. All of three idols were established in V.S. 2009.

In the last altar, the main idol is that of Bhagvan Parshv Nath, which is 15 Ft in height, there is another idol of Bhagvan Chandra Prabhu, which is 9 feet high. These idols were established in V.S.1548. There is a beautiful pinnacle above this temple.

(3). Tonk of Anant Nath, In Rajghat colony, on the bank of Sarayu river, there is a room where the foot prints of Bhagvan Anant Nath are engraved on a raised platform. The length of footprints is 7.5 inches. There is a pinnacle above the room.

Tonk of Abhinandan Nath, It is near Katra school, here foot images of Bhagvan Abhinandan Nath are established, made of marble. There is also a pinnacle above it.

Tonk of Adi Nath, This tonk is situated near Purana Thana Mohalla. There are sixteen stairs which lead to it. It’s history has been given above.

Temple Timings & Kind of ;

5 A.M. to 10 P.M., Digamber

Facilities :

Kshetra having Digamber Jain Dharm-shala containing 30 Deluxe rooms, 53 Gen. Rooms, Mess facility is available.

Others hotels like Abhinandan Hotel at Raiganj Ayoddhya, Ram hotel & Chandra Hotel at Ayoddhya are also available.

Other Information

Shri Digamber Jain Ayoddhya Teerth Kshetra Committee,

Bari Moorti, Raiganj, Ayoddhya, District Faizabad (U. P.) Pin – 224123

Phone—05278 232308, 234001, Mobile 09450523104.

How to Travel:

Road Route:Cycle rickshaw, three-wheelers, etc. available round the clock at the station.

Rail Route: Railway station Ayoddhya is situated on Delhi Sialdah main railway line. Trains for Ayoddhya are available from Mughal Sarai, Lucknow and Varanasi.

Air Port :Amausi airport, Lucknow, 130 K.M.

How to Travel:
Nearby Places :

Ayoddhya is an important place of Hindu pilgrimage. Ram Janm Bhumi temple is situated in Ayoddhya, Kanak Bhawan — Sitaji’s temple is also a centre of attraction. As per Hindu belief, Ayoddhya is the first Puri out of Sapt(seven) Maha Puries, most of temples here are of Lord Ram or those of his family. Guru Govind Singh traveled Ayoddhya once and therefore, a huse Gurudwara has also been built here to commemorate it.

It is said that Gautam Buddha also resided here. Muslims consider Ayoddhya as Khurd Macca and the Inn of Siddhs. The grave of Fakir Abbas and that of Musa Ashikan (two muslim saints) are also situated here. Muslims come here to pay their homage.

Therefore, Ayoddhya is a place of pilgrimage of every religionRatn-Puri – Birth place of Bhagvan Dharm Nath, On Lacknow road – 28 K.M. Shravasti – Bhagvan Sambhav Nath’s birth place, 110 K.M.

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