Shri Jagvallabh Parshvanath Jain Shwetambar Mandir Trust, Kumbhojgiri Tirth, Post: Bahubali – 416113, District: Kolhapur, State: Maharashtra, India. Phone: 0230-2584445.
Mulnayak: Nearly 100 cms high, white-coloured idol of Bhagwan Jagvallabh Parshvanath in the padmasana posture. There is an umbrella of 9 hoods over the head of the idol.
Tirth: It is on a hill in the forest near the Hathkanangala railway station.
Historicity: In ancient times, this hill was known as Niranjangiri, Gairan ki pahadi, Nejkumbhoj ki pahadi, Bahubali ki pahadi, Durgadevi ki pahadi and now it is known as Kumbhojgiri. At present, it is regarded as the “Shatrunjay” of South India. Before the idol of Jagvallabh Parshvanath was installed here, a metal idol was installed here by the nearby Jains living here since the14th century and this hill had became famous as a tirth. Two brothers, Shri Nanchand Bhai and Shri Fatehchand Bhai of Gujarat, who were living close by, had a great desire to build a temple. They chose Kumbhojgiri and the construction work of the temple was started in V.S.1912. An alluring idol of Bhagwan Parshvanath was brought from Gujarat and it was installed in V.S.1926 on the 7th day of the bright half of the month of Magh. The management of this temple was handed over to Shri Jain SNgh in V S.1928. A huge Dharamshala was built at the foot of the hills. A temple was built in the premises of the Dharamshala and the miraculous idol of Kalikund Parshvanath was installed in this temple. A fair is held here on Karthik Purnima, Chaitri Purnima and on the 10th of day the dark half of the month of Paush.
Other Temples: At present, there is a Digambar temple besides these two temples.
Works of art and Sculpture: This temple on a hill in the forest, looks very beautiful and splendid. The idol is very serene and beautiful. The scene of the forest and the village farms are delightful and beautiful.
Guidelines: The nearest railway station is Hathkanangala on Kolhapur – Miraj railway line at a distance of 8 kms. from the temple. This temple is at a distance of 30 kms. from Kolhapur. There are about 360 steps for climbing the hill which takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Bus service and private vehicles are available. They go to the foot of the hill. There is a Dharamshala on the hills. Dharamshala and Bhojanshala facilities are available at the foot of the hill. There is an Upashraya and Aradhana Hall at the foot of the hill.
Scripture: The name Jagvallabh of Parshvanath is ancient. A mention of Jagvallabh Parshvanath is made in “Shri Sankheswar Parshvanath Chand”, in “108 Naamgarbhit Shri Parshvanath Stavan”, in “Shri Parshvanath Chaityaparipati”, in “Shri Parshva Prabhu ke 108 Naam key Chand” etc. An idol of Jagvallabh Parshvanath is there in Nirapole in Ahmedabad, in Devkaran Mooljee ki vadi in Malad, Mumbai, in Shri Simandar Swami temple in Vadachour in Surat, in Rander temple and in Karad temple in Maharashtra. In Rajasthan the idol of Jagvallabh Parshvanath is there in the temples in Sujangarh, Brahmasar, Kesariyaji and in Jiravala Tirth.
Trust: Shri Jagvallabh Parshvanath Jain Shwetambar Mandir Trust, Kumbhojgiri Tirth, Post: Bahubali – 416113, District: Kolhapur, State: Maharashtra, India. Phone: 0230-2584445.