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Bahubali Teerthakhstra Kumbhoj (Kolhapur)

There can be nothing better than a perfect combination of divinity and nature. This is what takes place at Kumbhoj which is primarily a place of religious importance for the Digambar sect of Jains but has also been favoured by tourists because of the serene surroundings amidst which the temples are located.

Located 27 km to the North East of Kolhapur and 8 kms to the North of Hatkanangale in Kolhapur district, Kumbhoj is an ancient town known for the famous Bahubali of the Jain Tirthas. Here you will find the footprints of ‘muniraj’ or ascetics installed at the place along with the four Jinalayas (temples) and the ‘dharmashalas’ or lodges. In 1984 the ancient Jinalayas were renovated under the motivation of His Holiness Acharya Vidyanand Muniraj. Also, it is his inspiration that led to the erection of a new Ratnatraya or Trikuta – a huge three-sanctum temple. In the year 1937, the first Teertharaj Sammed Shikharji Mahayatra was initiated at Kumbhoj. The place has been considered auspicious due to the penance and stay of many Digambar ‘munis’.

Kumbhoj is also famous as a tourist attraction because of the 28-feet high statue of Bahubali or Mahavira inspired after the great statue installed at Shravan-Belgola, Karnataka. According to records, this place was a well-known Jaina pilgrimage centre way back in 1156 CE and that the original statue of Bahubali erected at the hill-top is said to be that much more ancient. Opposite the Bahubali Hill, devotees from the Shwetambar sect have erected a Jahaj Mandir that is built under the influence of a typical medieval northern temple style and so named because of its ship-like base. It is a temple-cum-museum and there is an entry fee for the visitors. At Kumbhoj both the sects, Shwetambar and Digambar, dwell together but have individual temples and institutions.

Distance from Mumbai: 372 kms