97 .Makshi Parshwanath
Mulnayak: Nearly 89 cms. high black – coloured idol of Bhagwan Makshi Parshvanath in the padmasana posture. There is an umbrella of 7 hoods over the head of the idol.
Tirth: It is on the bank of a beautiful lake in the village of Makshi.
Historicity: This is an ancient idol believed to be more than 2,500 years old. Sangram Soni, who was a native of Lolada village of Vadiyar province, was a very religious Shravak. For business purposes, he settled in Mandavgarh and became very prosperous. Badshah Ghiasuddin appointed him as his minister. Jainism was very popular at that time with a great number of Jain families living here. Sangram Soni built 17 Jain temples. He also built a beautiful and alluring Jain temple with 52 small temples surrounding it in the village of Makshi and this idol of Bhagwan Parshvanath was ceremonially installed in V.S.1472 by the revered hands of Acharya Shri Somsundarsurishvarji.. When Mohammed Ghazni came here to destroy the temple, he fell seriously ill and started having experiences of supernatural forces. He therefore directed his army not only to retreat but to also leave the temple and the idol totally unharmed. As a token of his repentance, he built five miniature turrets on the temple’s entry gate. This is a very miraculous idol with miracles happening now and then. Once milk poured out from the hood over the head of the idol whereupon the sanctum sanctorum of the temple overflowed with milk. Many devotees who were present at that time considered themselves lucky on seeing this miraculous and glorious sight and praised their good fortune. Miracles keep happening even today. This temple was renovated some years back
Works of Art and Sculpture: The idol of Parshvanath is very ancient,magnificent, beautiful and miraculous. The sculptural art of the idol has always remained a source of attraction to the pilgrims. The carvings on the temple is very artistic.
Guidelines: The temple is 1.5 Kms away from the railway station of Makshi. The village of Makshi is 40 Kms away from Ujjain and 70 Kms from Indore on Mumbai – Agra Road. There is a tar road upto the temple. Bus and private vehicle service is available. Dharamshala and Bhojanshala facilities are available here.
Scripture: It is mentioned in “Vir Vanshavali” that this temple was built by Sangram Soni. Jagatguru Hirvijaysurishvarji’s disciple has written a “Stotra” on Makshiya Parshvanath. A mention of Makshi Parshvanath has been made in “365 Shri Parshvajin Naammala”, in “Shri Sankheswar Parshvanath Chand”, in”108 Naamgarbhit Shri Godi Parshvanath Stavan”, in “Shri Bhateva Parshvanath Stavan”, in “Shri Parshvanath Naammala”, in ” Shri Parshvanath Chaityaparipati”, in “Tirthmala”, in “Makshi Mandan Shri Parshvanath Stavan” etc. An idol of Makshi Parshvanath is there in Shri Kareda Tirth, in Jiravala Tirth and in Kalikund Parshvanath temple in Santacruz, Mumbai.
Trust: Shri Makshi Parshvanath Shwetambar Jain Mandir, Shri Anandji Kalyanji Pedhi, Post: Makshi – 465 106, District: Shajapur, State: Madhya Pradesh, India. Phone: 07363-232028,