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HISTORY OF PAWAPURI IN RAJGIR

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HISTORY OF PAWAPURI IN RAJGIR
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HISTORY OF PAWAPURI IN RAJGIR

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Posting Date: 22/03/2011

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Pawapuri (Hindi: पावापुरी, Urdu: پوا پوری) is a holy site for Jains located in the Nalanda district in the Bihar state of Eastern India. Its located about 38 kilometers from Rajgir and 101 kilometers from Patna, the capital of Bihar. During ancient times about 2600 year ago, Pawapuri was one of twin capital of Mall Mahajanpad which later became the part of Magadha Kingdom and was called "Madyama Pawa" or "Apawapuri", Ajatshatru, who was one of the greatest disciples of Lord Mahavira was the King of Magadh during the lifetime of Mahavir. During the reign of Ajatshatru, Hastipal was the King of Pawapuri. When Lord Mahavira came to Pawapuri he stayed in King Hastipal's "Rajikshala". Around 500 BC, Lord Mahavira, the last of the 24 Tirthankaras achieved Moksha or Nirvana. He was cremated at Pawapuri, also known as Apapuri (the sinless town). There was a great rush to collect his ashes, with the result that so much soil was removed from the place of his cremation that a pond was created. Now, an exquisite marble temple in the middle of a lotus pond, the Jalmandir, stands magnificently on a rectangular island. Another Jain temple, called Samosharan is located here, where the Lord Mahavira delivered his last teaching.

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