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All Things To Know About Hastinapur

Overview of Hastinapur :

● State: Uttar Pradesh

● District: Meerut

● Total Population: 58,452 (as of 2011)

● Distance from Meerut: 37 km

● Located at : 29.17 degree N 78.02 degree E

● Average Elevation: 715 ft

●  Literacy Rate: 73.9%

 

hastinapur

Hastinapur, also known as the famous "City of Elephant" in Sanskrit, is a city which is situated in the district of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. 

From the ancient times itself, Hastinapur mentions several Hindu texts, namely Mahabharata and Puranas. Located on the banks of the holy Ganga, earlier it was the capital city of the Famous Kuru Kingdom of Kauravas. Some other names of Hastinapur are Nagapura, Gajapuram, Brahmasthalam, Shanti Nagaram etc. From the tales of the famous "Mahabharat, "it was mentioned that King  Dhritarashtra and Queen Gandhari had Hundred (popularly known as Kauravas) sons born in this place itself. Hastinapur has its importance in history because the famous battle in the history of India between the Pandavas and Kauravas took place here. After winning the battle, Pandavas went on ruling Hastinapur for 36 years. Another critical aspect of Hastinapur is the history of the Jain community. Because of several famous Jain temples like Asthapad Temple, Lotus Temple, Digambar Temple, etc many pilgrimage centers can be seen in Hastinapur.

The rich historical, cultural as well as the religious beliefs associated with Hastinapur has been able to attract tourists, pilgrimages all over the world. One can get the opportunity to experience and understand the Indian mythological from a real closure here.

We have compiled some of the major attractions present in the city for which it is popular among the tourists.

Hastinapur Map

Major places of attraction in Hastinapur

1. Old Pandeshwar Temple:

Old Pandeshwar Temple

The old pandeshwar temple is staunched to Lord Shiva. The Shivling present inside the temple is believed to be given by Karna(Sut Putra). He is the eldest son of Kunti (mother of Pandavas), which she gave birth to before marriage. Lord Sun is considered to be the Godfather of Karna. Karna played a significant role in Mahabharata fighting by the side of Kauravas against the Pandavas. He was an extraordinary fighter but was later killed at the hands of Arjun. There is also an idol of Goddess Kali, built by the Bengali section of the people inhabiting near the region. The temple is located on the top of a small mound and provides a fantastic view of Hastinapur.

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2. Digambar Jain Bada Mandir: 

Digambar Jain Bada Mandir

The mandir is devoted to the Jain community and is one of the most famous temples for the Jainism followers. The Digambar mandir is considered to be one of the oldest Jain temples in Hastinapur. It is constructed on the top of a mound of about 40ft. height. Presence of  the statue of Lord Shantinath in Padmasana which is held by an altar with three gates and is a clear depiction of art and culture. Gold paintings based on the stories of the Jain religion can be seen inside the temple. The structure of the temple is basically a spiral shape. The temple also provides facilities of staying and dining for the tourists.

3. Ashtapad: 

Ashtapad

Ashtapad is a spiritual centre that belongs to  the Jain religion. The name itself depicts Eight steps ( Astha means 8 and Pad means Steps). It is believed to be located in the Himalayan mountain ranges, about 168 miles in the north of Badrinath. From the historical point of view, Lord Rishabhdev, who was the first Tirthankar got his redemption at Ashtapad. Later by taking this idea in order to bring it into reality, Asthapad was built by the people of the Jainism community. The total cost of construction for this was approximately 25 crores of rupees. The structure is about 151 ft. tall, consisting of 4 gates to enter into it. Since the structure consists of 8 levels or steps, each step is about One hundred and eight ft in height.

4. Lotus Temple:

Lotus Temple

Lotus temple was constructed in 1975 and is dedicated to Lord Mahavir – the founder of Jainism. The temple is basically a centre for not only the followers of Jainism but for all the people who keep faith in spiritualism and the blessings of Lord Mahavir. The temple is constructed in the enclosure of the famous Jambudweep Temple which is just nearby to the One hundred and one ft. high Sumeru Mountain ranges. The Sumeru mountain provides an excellent view of the Jambudweep’s temples, gardens, trees, rocks, rivers etc. As per the religious beliefs, the Sumeru Mountain is considered to be a holy place for the Jainism followers. Their preachers and religious founders have gained knowledge and spiritualism in this mountain itself.

5. Jambudweep :

JambuDweep

Jambudweep is basically an Island in which Sumeru Mountain ranges can be found. It has a religious belief associated with it. One of the Jainism followers Sadhvi Poojya Aryika Ratna Gyanmati Mataji reported to have seen the existence of such an island which she was in her meditation in the year 1965. Later investigation was carried out and it was confirmed that the descriptions given by her in her meditation about the island had its resemblance to their 2000 years old religious scripts. Accordingly, the model of the island was built by an organization called Tilok Shodh Sansthan of  Hastinapur. The Jambudweep is popular for the temples, beautiful mountain ranges, gardens, streams and rivers, trees etc. The whole island fetches an amazing view which will certainly unlock the inner peace of mind and soul. The island also holds the famous Jain Jambudweep temple.

6. Wildlife Sanctuary: 

Wildlife Sanctuary

The last but not the least is the Wildlife Sanctuary of Hastinapur. Besides being the city of Pilgrimages, it also attracts tourists all over the country for its Flora and Fauna. Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary basically has an area of about 2073 sq.km wide. It has a diverse range of animal and plant species. Different varieties of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, herbs and shrubs can be found in this Wildlife Sanctuary.

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