Pawapuri is a holy site for Jains located in the Nalanda district. Its located about 38 kilometers from Rajgir and 101 kilometers from Patna.
Around 500 BC, Bhagwan Mahavir, the last of the 24 Tirthankaras achieved Moksha or Nirvana. He was cremated at Pawapuri, also known as Apapuri (the sinless town).
The below are the main temples in Pawapuri –
- Jal Mandir Jinalay
- Gaon Jinalay
- Samosaran Jinalay
- Guniyaji Jinalay
- Kundalpur Jinalay
The Gaon mandir or the village temple marks the spot where Lord Mahavira breathed his last. It is said that this temple was built by King Nandivardhan, elder brother of Lord Mahavira.
Jal mandir is a temple in the middle of a lake blooming with lotuses. The main deity of the beautiful temple is a very old “Charan Paduka” of Lord Mahavira. It marks the spot where the mortal remains of Lord Mahavira was cremated. It is believed that this temple was built by King Nandivardhan, elder brother of Lord Mahavira. Jal Mandir is built in the shape of “Vimana” and there is a stone bridge about 600 feet in length across it from the bank to the temple.
How To Reach
Nearest major Railway Station : Gaya , Bakhtiyarpur
Nearest Airport : Patna (approx 100 kms)
From all three above one can reach Pawapuri by bus or taxi
Dharamshala & Bhojanshala facilities are available in Pawapuri within the Gaon Mandir and Samosaran.