Discover the Spiritual Views of Mangi Tungi
Mangi Tungi, a pair of hills, is an idyllic spot in the Sahyadri Hill range. On a clear day, the contrast of the brown and green against the blue sky creates breathtaking views from the barren rock peaks that overlook an enchanting green valley. Mangi Tungi is the perfect blend of peaceful and peculiar sights that will make your vacation unforgettable if you enjoy traveling to unusual destinations. The renowned Jain temple Shri Mangitungi Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra is the reason why the hills are so well-known. At the base of the hills are several Jain monuments that are worth visiting. Mangi Tungi is distinctive in that it is thought that hundreds of Jain saints attained moksha (soul liberation) here.
Additionally, the location is closely related to the legends of Lord Krishna and his older brother Lord Balarama. More than 90 crore saints and celebrities are said to have gained Moksha, or enlightenment, at Mangi Tungi. In the same place when Lord Krishna breathed his last, he also ejected his physical body. It is also said that following Lord Krishna's death, Balram, his older brother, emerged from a state of intense sadness and gained paramadnyana, the ultimate knowledge, which aided him in achieving enlightenment at Mangi Tungi alone.
The eastern pinnacle, Tungi, is 4,366 feet above sea level, while the western pinnacle, Mangi, is 4,343 feet high. At Mangi, there are roughly ten caverns, one of which contains a stunning figure of Lord Mahavira made of white marble. Five well-maintained temples and two caves may be seen in Tungi. While you're here, spend some time strolling across the hills beyond the caverns. You could come across some exquisite carvings of Lord Indra, Goddess Yakshini, and Lord Yaksha on the rocks. The peak's base is reached after about 4,500 steps, and it is adorned with a number of significant historical and religious monuments. In addition, many caves bear the names of revered saints including Mahavir, Adinath, Shantinath, Parshwanath, and Ratnatrya. Every year in Kartik (September–October), a big fair is held here where Hindus and Jains come in large numbers to see the magnificent rath yatra.
Mangi Giri is reached by taking the path that departs from the arches and turns left. The Mangi Pinnacle is not a particularly tall mountain. Here, there are seven ancient temples and several representations of saints' "charanas" (feet). There are 356 sculptures of Mahavir, Adinath, Parshvanath, Lord Hanuman, Bali, Sugreeva, and other figures at the base of the pinnacle. Additionally, there is a Mangigiri temple nearby. Here is a pond known as Krishna Kund, which is thought to have witnessed Lord Krishna's final moments. Texts claim that Balarama attained the fifth heaven and had also practiced redemption here.
Tungi Giri is reached by taking the path that departs from the arches and turns right. More elevated than Mangi is the Tungi Pinnacle. On the journey there are two caverns and five temples. Lord Chandraprabha, the eighth Tirthankara, and Ram Chandra Cave are the names of the two caverns. Additionally, there are two caves dedicated to the ascetic saints Shuddha and Buddha Munies, as well as a colossus of Bhagwan Munisuvrat Nath in Padmasana. A temple dedicated to Tungigiri is located in one of these caverns. In addition to this, these caverns include 99 carvings of the Lord Buddha. An idol of Kritantvakra, the commander of Ram's army, the austere saint stage can be found in one cave. Old idols of Hanuman, Gava, Gavaksha, Neel, and other deities are also present. Here, one may observe stunning stone carvings of Lord Indra and the Yakshas and Yakshanis, who serve as the Tirthankaras' attendants.
By going through all these beautiful detailing of this destination, it seems there are only a handful of mountains in all of India that are home to numerous caves, historic idols, and water reservoirs. This location is indeed a mesmerising gold mine of antiquity. It's challenging to put into words how this place feels- by simply looking at the photos. Rarely seen anywhere else are the artistically carved statues of gods and goddesses in a wide variety of dancing moods and positions that are found here in caves, together with the ancient artistic Jain idols of Tirthankars and mystical saints.