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Kulpakji Jain Temple in Kolanupaka Nalgonda Andhra Pradesh( Telangana) India

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Here is Some Information about Kulpakji Jain Temple in Kolanupaka Andhra Pradesh India. 

Location: Village of Kolanupaka in Nalgonda district Andhra Pradesh
Built in: 1300 Years ago
Built By: Bharat Chakravarti
Dedicated to: Mahavir Swami
Significance: Among one of Jain Temples
Temple Timing: 7:00 Am to 9:00 Pm
Visiting Timing: 1 hour
Best time to Visit: October to April
Phone : 08685 2281696
Nearest Railway Station: Aler Railway station(8 Km)
Nearest Airport: Hyderabad Airport(100 Km)

More Information about Kulpakji Jain Temple

Kulpakji Jain Temple is located at Village of Kolanupaka in Nalgonda district Andhra Pradesh Telangana.The Jain temple was built about 1300 years ago and built by Bharat Chakravarti.The Jain temple is dedicated to Jain 24 th Tirthkar Lord Mahavir.It presently houses idols of the three Jain Tirthankaras namely of Lord Rishabha, Lord Neminath and Lord Mahavira. The temple is also known as Kulpakji Jain Temple. The idol of Lord Rishabha carved of a green stone has been historically famous as Manikyaswami. This place also served as substitute capital of Kalyani Chalukyas dynasty during 11th century.Kolanupaka Temple is flourished as a Jain centre during the Rashtrakutas period. 
Kolanupaka temple was recently renovated by employing more than 150 artisans from Rajasthan and Gujarat. Lord Rishabha, popularly called Adinath Bhagvan, was the first Tirthankar in the Jain religion. It is believed that the original idol of Lord Adinath, known locally as Manikya Deva, has made Kolanupaka its abode. There are eight idols of the other Tirthankars on both the sides of the main temple. The statue of Lord Mahavira is 130 centimetres tall and is said to be made of a single piece of jade. The idols of Lord Simandar Swami and Mata Padmavati are installed on either side of the main temple of Kolanupaka. Kulpakji is an important pilgrimage centre for Svetambara Jains of South India.  

History of  Kulpakji Jain Temple 

Jainism was prevalent in Andhra Pradesh before the 4th century and from early times Kolanupaka was one of the prominent centres of Jainism. During the Rashtrakuta period Kolanupaka flourished as a Jain centre. During the 11th century Kolanupaka was said to be the 2nd capital town of the Kalyani Chalukyas. A number of Jain antiquities and over 20 Jain inscriptions have been found at Kulpak. The inscriptions suggest that Kulpak was a major centre of Kranur Gana of Mula Sangha which was an ancient Jain monastic order. A Manasthambha(Column of Dignity) with an inscription dating to 1125 AD has been found. A 12th century inscription found in the temple mentions the great Jain monk Meghachandra Siddhantadeva entering Sallekhana(suicide by fasting as per Jain precepts). After 1276 AD the Jain activities declined and was re-established in 1711 AD when a boundary wall was erected and the temple of Manikyaswami was renovated. In the Jain scriptures it is mentioned that the Manikyaswami image was originally worshipped by Mandodari the wife of Ravana and was brought here by the ruler Sankar of Kalyana. Some legends state that the temple was built by Bharat Chakravarti the son of Rishabhdeva and the ruler after whom our country is named.
Architecture of  Kulpakji Jain Temple

The first Tirthankara in the Jain religion was Lord Rishabha, who is popularly known as Lord Adinath also. It is believed that original idol of Lord Adinath, locally known as Manikya Deva, made Kolanupaka its abode by itself. On both sides of the temple, there are eight idols of the other Jain Tirthankaras. The idol of Lord Mahavira is 130 cm tall and is made of single piece of jade. Every Jain Tirthankara has a unique identity like Lord Mahavira is depicted with the lion and Lord Rishabha with the bull on their pedestals and Lord Parshawnath with a multiple headed cobra acting as an umbrella. Idols of Lord Simandar Swami and Goddess Padmavati can be seen on the either sides of the main temple. The temple was recently renovated by calling 150 artisians from Rajasthan and Gujarat. A complete new temple was built around the existing towers and the old garbhagraha was preserved.Kulpakji is the major pilgrimage center for the Svetambara Jains of South India.

Nearest Hotel and Restaurants of  Kulpakji Jain Temple 

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Phone: 08682-231376

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How To Reach Kulpakji Jain Temple

By Road : There are many public and private vehecals available to reach Kulpakji Jain Temple in Kolanupaka.APSRTC buses are available at regular intervals from Hyderabad and Warangal to Aler.

By Rail : The Nearest Railway station is Aler Railway station(8 Km).The major railway junctions near to the temple are Secunderabad (76 km) and Warangal (84 km).

By Air : The Nearest Airport is Hyderabad(100 Km).

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