The temple compound spreads within a range of about 2 km. on an uphill located about 15 km. from the sonagir railway station.
Sonagir Digambar Jain Teerth Temple is the temple for Jain Community. This temple is blessed by ChandraPrabhu Bhagwan whose statue is about 12 feet in height built at the topmost point of the hill. The aura of the compound is filled with the bhakti bhaav of the devotees who visit the place round the year. This is an important teerth destination for digambar jain community.
It is seen here that digambar jain community gods inclusive of Shree Chandra Prabhu ji has his eyes closed. The belief is that the gods are always “leen magn” (meditation) of the almighty. They have given up all the worldly affairs namely food, clothing, shelter etc. to attain the final goal of “moksh” (salvation).
The darshan here of the deities is of utmost important.
“Karm pradhan vishv kari rakha”
“Jo jas karahin, so tas phal chakha”
Jain Community is amongst the oldest of all the communities prevalent. Mahavir Swami we know him as Mahavir Bhagwan who at present is the last Teerthankar of the jain community. Prior to him there have been 23 more teerthankars amongst whom Rishabdev was the First .The History of digambar jains and Shwetambar jains differ in nature though they firmly believe in karma, punar-janam.
The Up-hill shree chandra prabhu ji bhagwaan temple is surrounded by 83 small temples of other deities of Digambar jain community and 16 more temples downhill of the Temple compound. Every mandir is located on left and right side when you travel uphill for the darshan of Shree ChandraPrabhu Ji with every four steps or stairs you come across another deity temple. Constructed out of white marble, it is peacefully quiet here as one meditates for hours.
Prasad unlike any other Hindu Community Temple, is not distributed, rather they do not have the concept of Prasad. Utmost, the offerings at the temple is of full grain rice, cloves, almonds, fruits only.
If you are visiting the temple, you can buy Prasad from the shops inside the temple complex. You should take a pooja thali comprising of flowers, etc. You can also carry the prasad offerings from your home.
What to do when you reach Sonagir Ji Jain Teerth Temple
Here, provision has been made to sit and pray.
It is noticed that ladies in any of the digambar jain temples are not allowed to touch the feet or the statue of the prabhu ji, as it is believed that since the God has given up on clothing, it is in regard, that ladies are only allowed to visit the teerth temple and not touch their feet.
It is always in the benefit of the devotees to visit the teerth temple in the wee hours of the early morning. Navkarsi is the best time to visit the teerth temple.There is a feeling of festivity all round the year. People of all ages, bow their heads in reverence and worship towards Bhagwaan Chandra Prabhu.
Things to note
- Please be clean and dress respectfully in conservative clothing that covers the legs and shoulders
- Cameras and laptops not allowed inside the temple premises
- You need to carry ID proof to deposit them at the counter outside the entrance.
- There are three shoe stands to deposit shoes inside the complex.
- There are many shops inside the temple complex where you can buy Prasad to take to the main deity for offering
It is also believed the best days to visit the teerth temples are Dus Laakshni, Ananth Chaudus, Kshma Vaani days, though all the days are sacred and best suited for darshan and bhakti.
Another belief which accompanies teerth sthal of digambar jains is on the following auspicious days of Douj, Panchmi, Asthami, Gyaras, Chaudus, it is believed that next “yoni” (the next birth) is decided for the humans.
How to reach
Where is Sonagir Ji Temple?
Sonagiri is on the way to Jhansi in M.P. while commuting by Train. Easily accessible by bus also.
Temple like other temples opens up at 4am in the morning and closes the dwaar at around 11pm at night.
In and around
Accommodation at SONAGIRI JAIN TEERTH TEMPLE
Lodging and Stay is provided for the devotees at the dharamshala located within the compound.
Where to eat near SONAGIRI JAIN TEERTH TEMPLE
There is a token system for the devotees to have food and refreshment within the temple compound. The food is served within a time span of 11am to 2pm and in the evening before sunset between 4pm to 5.30p.m. The thalis consists of all the above the ground vegetables, rice bran, fruits only.
Digambar Jains believe that what we sow and what is reaped all are not meant to be consumed, because the vegetables which are produced under the soil are actually the food and home to many insects, mosquitoes and other living things and is meant for their consumption.
For Human Beings, only the products which are formed above the ground are meant for consumption. By this as a human race we are doing a good deed and contributing to the betterment of the other living things by allowing them to live. Knowingly we are not hurting, we are not killing any other living being.
Chant the Navkaar Mantra as many times as you can.
“Ramho Arhantaram” “Ramho Arhantaram”
“Ramho Siddharam” “Ramho Siddharam”
“Ramho Aaireeyaram” “Ramho Aaireeyaram”
“Ramho Uvajhayaram” “Ramho Uvajhayaram”
“Ramho Loye Savsahuram” “Ramho Loye Savsahuram”
Meaning to this mantra says:
1.) Namaskar to all Arhants.
2.) Namaskar to all Siddh purush.
3.) Namaskar to all Acharyas.
4.) Namaskar to all Upadhyays.
5.) Namaskar to all Saints.
“Jai jinendra” “Jai jinendra” “Jai jinendra” “Jai jinendra” “Jai jinendra” “Jai jinendra”
Jai Jinendra is referred to the deities and almighty of Jain Community, be it digambars or be it swetambars.
Book – Jain Dharma Jaaniye By Shekhar Chandra Jain