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address digambar jain mandir bateshwar
place & post – bateshwar, district – agra (u.p.) pin – 283104
phone 05614-234717
managing committee: shri shouripur – bateshwar digambar jain siddha kshetra committee agra (u.p.).
chairperson: shri swarup chand jain
phone 0562-2150812 (r)
secretary: shri bholanath jain
phone 0562-2153130
shouripur is an ancient siddha kshetra situated on the banks of river yamuna. it is
kalyanaka place of 22nd teerthankara ‘bhagwan neminath’. it is related to the ‘garbha’ & ‘janma’ kalyanaka of bhagwan neminath and here ‘shri supratishtha muni’ got ‘kevalgyan’ (supernatural knowledge) and ‘muni shri yama’, ‘shri dhanya’ & ‘shri vimlasut’ attained salvation here. in this way shouripur is sacred place being kalyanaka bhoomi and siddha kshetra also.this land became sacred because of arrival of ‘bhagwan adinath’, ‘neminath’, ‘parshvanath’ and ‘bhagwan mahaveer’s’ ‘samavsharan’. according to mahapurana & harivansha purana the shouripur has remained famous & prosperous city in ancient times. this city was established by the brilliant prince ‘shoor’, the son of king ‘narpati’ of yaduvansh.

the ‘andhak vrishni, the king of shouripur had 10 sons. the eldest among these ten was ‘samudra vijaya’ & the youngest was ‘vasudev’. the ‘kunti’ & ‘madri’ were two daughters of andhak vrishni.

bhagwan neminath (arishtanemi) the 22nd teerthanakara was the son of ‘samudra vijaya’ and shri ‘krishna’ & ‘balram’ were sons of shri ‘vasudev’. kunti & madri were married to the king ‘pandu’ of hastinapur and whose sons were ‘karna’ & five ‘pandavas’. karna, udishthar, bhim & arjun were sons of kunti and nakul & sahdev were sons of madri.

later on due to the fear of invasion by ‘jarasandha’, the king of ‘magadha’, all the ‘yadavas’ left shouripur & mathura and they shifted towards south and started residing in ‘dwarika’ nagar near the sea. shri krishna & balram are referred as ‘shouri’ in ancient times because of their relation with the shouripur.

acharya lokchandra, the guru of famous scholar of philosophy – acharya prabhachandra, also belonged to this kshetra. it is said that the acharya prabhachandra wrote the famous text ‘prameya kamal martand’ here, which is supposed a great text on ‘jain nyaya’. the ruins of this place were investigated by famous historian colonel tad, general cunningham & carlyle during 19th century and proved that shouripur was wealthy & flourishing city in ancient times.

lot of gems & currency has been found here and this fact has been mentioned in so many books. the seat of digamber jain bhattarakas was present here up to 19th century and the peoples were deeply affected by their religious teachings, speeches & acquisitions.

main temple and idol
ancient shouripur slowly & slowly got declined and only ruins are left here. the various digambar jain temples established in shouripur are the only symbols of historicity present in shouripur. the ‘adi mandir’ was constructed here in year 1667 on the order of bhattaraka vishva bhushan.

baruva matha: – it is the most ancient temple of shouripur, which is constructed on a platform. the quite magnificent black stone’s khadgasana idol of principal deity bhagwan neminath was reverenced in veer nirvan samvat 2480. this idol is 8 feet high. there is a spire made of stone above the idol and behind idol there is an artistic halo is present carved in stone. on the feet base (charan peeth) the two lions are constructed facing each other and in between these two there is an image of conch shell.

in yadav jains, there is a tradition of lightening of ‘diya’ on kartik shukla 14 here whenever there is death of any yadav jain takes place. among vaishnav yadav vanshi’s this ‘diya’ is lighted in bateshwar on waters of yamuna river.

shankha dhwaj mandir: – this temple is constructed on the second story. there are 4 altars present in the sanctum of this temple. in central altar idol of principal deity bhagwan neminath are installed. there are two idols of 11th – 12th century installed in this temple and the idols of bhagwan parshvanath, bhagwan chandraprabhu & bhagwan vimalnath reverenced in v.s. 1357 (i. s. 1300) are collectively installed in the second altar of this temple. many other artistic ancient idols are also installed here.

panch mathi: – on the left hand side of shankha dhwaj mandir the ancient tonks & spires (umbrellas) are constructed in one ground which is surrounded by walls from all sides. this place is called as panch mathi. the foot images of muni ‘yama’ & muni ‘dhanya’ are installed here.

annual gathering :

  • nirvanotsav (salvation anniversary) of bhagwan shri ajitnath – chaitra shukla 5
  • annual fair – from kartik shukla 14 to magh sheersh krishna
  • magnificent rath yatra & kalashabhishek is organized on both the occasions
  • dharmshala at bateshwar has 50 rooms. mess facility is available, items like utensiles, bed, tent etc. are available.
  • dharmshala at shouripur (under construction) 15 rooms.
  • tourist bungalow of u.p. government is also present in bateshwar.
  • bus at 8 am is available for going to the kshetra from the m. d. jain temple of agra.
    road: – agra is world famous tourist center. taxies & buses from electric house bus stand of agra are available for bateshwar.
  • train: – agra 72 km, shikohabad 22 km. taxi & buses are also available from here.
  • airport: – agra.
nearby city:
  • agra (via fatihabad) 70 km
  • kampilji 154 km
  • firozabad (via shikohabad) 45 km
  • marsalganj (via shikohabad) 44 km
  • shikohabad 22 km
nearby places for visit:
  • agra: – tajmahal, red fort
  • tajganj
  • bhagwan sheetalnath mandir, near jama masjid

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