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"World's Second Largest Megalithic Statue"

Bawangaja Tourism

Located in the Bawani district of the southwestern Madhya Pradesh, Bawangaja is a popular Jain pilgrimage site. Situated just in the vicinity of River Narmada, the spot is best known for the world's second largest megalithic statue (carved out of the mountain) of Lord Rishabhadeva which has been carved out of a mountain. The statue of the very first Jain Tirthankara is believed to have been built in the early 12th century, is around 84 feet high and is supported at the back.

Aside from the statue which is the highlight of the place, there is also a complex of eleven temples that is crowded with pilgrims and devotees and even tourists at all times of the year. In addition to that, the scenic place is frequented by wanderers and nature lovers as it boasts of lush greenery and the dense woods of the Satpura Ranges in the backdrop. There is also a stunning waterfall - Bandhan Waterfalls, to add to the charm of the place, and several Hindu temples scattered here and there at a distance.

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Things to Do at Bawangaja

1. Admire at the Architecture of the Statue

The statue of Lord Rishabhadeva is definitely the highlight of the place which is around 84 feet high and is the second largest megalithic statue in the world. Carved out of a mountain, the single stone statue is made in brownstone. Situated at the base of the mountain, the facial expressions of the statue depict multiple emotions like joy, mercy & separation. It is flanked by the 4 armed ‘Gomukh Yaksha’ on the left side and by the very artistic idol of 16 armed ‘Yakshi Chakreshvary’ on the right side.

2. Seek Blessings at the Chulgiri Temple

The Chulgiri Temple is another famous temple situated at the hilltop that has two inscriptions from the 1166 and the 1459 AD. There are ancient foot marks present inside the temple, that of Indrajit, Kumbhakarna & the other scholars. The temple is presided by Lord Māllīnātha and Chandraprabha. There is also an annual Bawangaja Yatra organized here every year on the full Moon day of Hindu calendar in the month of Pausha.

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How To Reach Bawangaja

The nearest airport to Bawangaja is in Indore which is at a distance of 170 km from here. The nearest railway station is also in Indore. However, several public and roadways buses ply to and fro from the town to make commuting easy. Alternatively, you can hire a private cab or taxi to reach the place conveniently.

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