Travel Rajasthan: Malpura Dadabadi, Dadaguru Jin Kushal Suri
Idols and footprint of Dadaguru in Malpura Dadabadi
Malpura Dadabadi, a famous Jain temple of Dadaguru Jin Kushal Suri
Malpura Dadabadi is a famous Jain pilgrimage center in Tonk district in Rajasthan near Jaipur. The town is 95 KM from Jaipur. Malpura has almost the same distance from Ajmer Sharif. The place is well connected with bus routes from both the places. It is renowned for Jin Kushal Suri, third Dadaguru.
Jin Kushal Suri left for his heavenly abode some seven centuries back at Deraur in Pakistan. It is told that a devotee of Jin Kushal Suri at Malpura could not believe the news of his death. He told himself, "I will believe the sad news if Dadaguru himself will tell me about his death."
Jin Kushal Suri came from the heaven to satisfy the urge of his devotee in Malpura. He shew himself standing over a Greystone. The stone is kept as it is while building the Dadabadi. Pilgrims and devotees worship the stone as his footprint . A beautiful Dadabadi is build to pay homage Dadaguru.
Sri Jain Swetambar Khartargachchh Sangh, Jaipur is managing this Dadabadi since a long time along with several other Swetambar Jain temples and Dadabadi in and around Jaipur. All state of the art facilities is available in Malpura such as food and lodging, library, dispensary etc free of charge for the pilgrims and devotees.
It is worth noted that Dada Jin Kushal Suri was an Acharya in Khartargachchha clan of Swetambar Jain. He is widely worshiped among his devotees all over India and overseas. Hundreds of Dadabadis are built in his name all over India and in some places overseas.
I have posted here few images of Malpura Dadabadi and some videos about other Dadabadis and Dadaguru puja.
Stone inscriptions in the main hall of Malpura Dadabadi
A unique "Ruby" idol and other idols at Malpura Dadabadi
Do you want to see a unique statue ? An idol made of a very big size ruby? If yes, then come to Malpura Dadabadi, a pilgrimage center of Swetambar Jain. The idol of Jin Kushal Suri, third Dadaguru is made of a single stone. The idol weighs 125,000 carats i.e. twenty-five Kilograms at present. Mr. Pukhraj Lunia, a devotee of Jin Kushal Suri and a gemstone dealer has gifted this idol to the temple.
Ruby is a precious gemstone and it is difficult o find a ruby gemstone of this big size. It requires at least 100 Kg of the rough gemstone to make an idol weighing 25 Kg.
There are several other idols of Jain Acharya such as Jineshwar Suri, founder of Khartar Gachchh, Jin Dutt Suri, Manidhari Jin Chandra Suri, Jin Kushal Suri and Jin Chandra Suri. Photographs of these idols are posted above along with the main footprint. All these Jain Acharya but Sri Jineshwar Suri are renowned as Dadaguru.
Malpura Dadabadi and the main hall
Vasupujya Swami, Ambika Devi temple and Dharamshala at Malpura
There are Sri Vasupujya Swami and Ambika Devi temples built on both sides of Jin Kushal Suri Dadabadi. Vasupoojya is 12th Tirthankar in Jain traditions.The temple is built in traditional Nagar style. There are two floors in this temple and main deity on the first floor is Shankheshwar Parasnath. Vasupoojya Swami is placed as the main deity in the inner sanctum of the ground floor. There are several other idols in this temple such as Gandhara Gautam and Sudharma Swami, Padmavati Devi etc.
Ambika Devi is Adhishtayika of Jain Tirthankar Sri Neminath alias Arishtnemi and also of the Khartar Gachchh clan. There are idols of Chakreshwari Devi, Chanda Devi, Laxmi and Saraswati in this temple. There are stone inlays of 52 Veer and 64 Yogini.
These temples are surrounded by gardens, Upashray, and Dharamshala and have marvelous ambiance. The management provides free food and lodging to all pilgrims visiting Malpura Dadabadi.
Dadaguru Pujan at Kolkata Dadabadi
Malpura Dadabdi quiz
Update: Major events 2012 at Malpura Dadabadi
There are two major events organized every yer in Jin Kushal Suri Dadabadi at Malpura. These events are Dadamela and Holi Mela. Dada Mela used to be organized on the death anniversary (Swargarohan diwas) of Dada Sri Jin Kushal Suri, that falls on Falgun Krishna Amavasya, the no moon day of Indian lunar month Falgun. Holi Mela is organized on Holi, the color festival in India, that falls on Falgun Shukla Purnima, the full moon day of Indian lunar month Falgun.
Duration of both the events is two days consist of Puja in the temple on the first day followed by a devotional song night at Dadabadi. Dadaguru "Badi puja" used to be organized on the second day.
Sri Jain Swetambar Khartar Gachchh Sangh, Jaipur will organize both the mela on February 20 and 21; and March 7 and 8 respectively. Malu family of Seoni, Madhya Pradesh, and Kuhad family from Jaipur will sponsor both the mela (fair).
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