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“Teerth raj Gajpanth”
Review of Chambharlena Caves

Chambharlena Caves
Ranked #38 of 84 things to do in Nashik
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Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

In the mahasrul village ryt outside nashik on dindori road are the beautiful cave temples for jains called as gajpantha teerth. The caves are at the top of the hill..there is a steep climb above the hill of almost 450 steps..last few are very cumbersome. After reaching the top there are 5 cave temples which belong to various jain lords. The cool breeze up above is extremely soothing and one tends to frgt the strain. The marvellous view of nashik city is available from the hill top..must visit place.

Thank Nitish J
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Reviewed 10 April 2015

On the end of nasik on dindori side, this is a difficult climb, especially the last 5 steps are very difficult due to the height & the position, it is supposed to be Jain caves, but you can not really differentiate between Buddha caves & jain caves,caves are not in good state, this is ok if you want to test your lungs.

6  Thank anaxbio1
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Reviewed 12 March 2015

Nasik city in Maharashtra is proud of possessing popular shrines of many religions. Among score of shrines the temple of Teerthraj Gajpantha pilgrimage dot is found in Chambharlena caves on the hill top at an elevation of 400 feet with attractive landscape of the valley on it’s beneath. These caves present a peaceful atmosphere for calm meditation.
Chambharlena caves are found at Mhasrul village about 5kms from Nasik City on the Nasik Gujarat road. Teerthraj Gajpantha pilgrimage place is on its peak. You will enjoy the panoramic sight of attractive environment there. You have to mount more than 400 steps to reach the temple, which is of black stones.
Gajpantha temple is delightfully decorated with design that pleases every visitor. There is Shweta Charan of Sudarshan, Nandi, Nandimitra and Balabhadras. While you proceed downward from temple you will see the other set of Shweta Charan of Suprab, Sudharma, Gajkumar, Achal and Vijay Balbhadra. The wonderfully carved grey colour sculpture of Bhagwan Parshvanatha measuring about 194 inches tall is installed here. This was found during an excavation work.
Actually I found two cave temples in the surrounding area of the temple. We can sit and relax in the beautiful garden at the Gajadhwaja Hill. I saw a tomb or Samadhi of Kshemendra Kirti and a temple of Lord Mahavira facing four directions. This is the starting point of steps leading to top of the hill.
For my pleasant surprise I saw my Mother Goddess Saraswathi housed in a temple. The four sculptures of Lord Mahavira are installed in the large tower in front of Jain Chaityalaya.
Annual fair is held on 14th day of Magh when we can see large gathering of devotees. It is organised to celebrate Jalayatra and Gajaratha ceremonies.
There is no mythology in this shrine except historical back ground closely connecting with the Royal family of Mysore during 600 BC. It is the part of history that Chamaraja, the king of Mysore built this temple for the saints of Jainism as his humble service to Bhagwan Mahavira. It was then popularly known as Chamaraja Leni. Later by passage of time the name Chamaraja took a twist as Chambharlena. That way these caves got the present name “Chamer Caves” or “Chambhar Caves” in the local tongue.
I feel it is relevant to say that the Mysore Maharajas’ contribution to Jainism is incomparable as they did it with all sincerity as divine service to their future fraternity. Today each and every Jain is familiar with the world heritage Gommateswara statue standing tall at Shravanbelagola in Hassan district in Karnataka. As you enter the town of Shravanbelagola you will be wonder to see the tall stone man standing on the mountain. You will feel as if you are doing pradakshina while entering the town itself. It is monolithic statue of Bahubali called “Gommateshvara" that is of 57 feet (17 m) built in the 10th century AD. Lord Mahaveera introduced Jainism in the princely state of Mysore in the 6th Century B.C. It is a very excellent place to visit and take darshan of Gommateshvara, known for sacrifice.
There are public and private buses to reach Nasik apart from the railway station and airport. In Nasik you may taste the traditional cuisine and taste the wine of fine quality as this city is well known for its wine as “Wine Capital of India", or the "Grape City". It is popular for its culture and tradition as it is an important Hindu pilgrimage center. You will find several lodges and hotels providing food and shelter to visitors matching their budget.

8  Thank Profvns
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

good for exercise and its near from my home too.Mahavir's idol is very huge nearly touching the ceiling and will surely impress everyone.visit before sunset as door has to be closed.you may use backside road for trekking to highest peak.

11  Thank yogeshkke
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

I went there with my friends.! Place was really good. But should be more develop, Publicity is needed to this place to attract tourist..

7  Thank priyanka422
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