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Pawapuri, Nalanda Overview

Pawapuri is a holy site for the Jains. It is situated in the Nalanda district of Bihar state in Eastern India. A long time ago, Pawapuri was the twin capital of Mall Mahajanpad. Mahajanpad later became a part of the kingdom of Magadha and Ajatshatru was a devotee of Lord Mahavira. During the rule of Ajatshatru, the king of Pawapuri was known as Hastipal. When in Pawapuri, Mahavira stayed in the Rajikshala of the king. It is considered as a sacred place because Lord Mahavira was buried here in 500 BC.

Pawapuri has also been given the name Apapuri meaning sinless town since Lord Mahavira was cremated here. After the cremation had been done, there was a rush while collecting the ashes which led to the removal of a layer of soil thereby resulting in the formation of a pond. This pond was later converted into a lotus pond, and a marble temple named Jalmandir was built in the centre of the pond. The place is very rich in culture and has high heritage value. Some traditional festivals celebrated here include Rajgir Dance Festival and Chhath Puja. Various classical dances are performed in the Rajgir Dance Festival.

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Places to visit around Pawapuri

There are many more beautiful places which can be visited in Pawapuri. These include Jal Mandir which is built in the middle of the lotus pond, Gaon Mandir which is the temple of the village and the place where Lord Mahavira took his last breath. Samosaran temple is the place where Mahavira used to deliver preaching to his disciples, Gunayaji village which is located 20 km away from Pawapuri and is the place where Shri Gunayaji Teerth Temple is situated.

Best Time To Visit Pawapuri

Though the beach is a popular spot and is visited by tourists throughout the year, the best time to visit it is during the months of October to March because the climate is less humid during this time of the year.

How To Reach Pawapuri

The nearest airport is at a 101 km from Patna. The nearest railway station is also located there which is almost 90 km away. One can either hire a taxi or travel via bus to the desired location.

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Prabhat Tandon

on Pawapuri 4 years ago
Excellent destination , perfect peace , must visit .
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