Hastinapur - places to visit, tourist attractions and visitor information


Hastinapur once was the capital of India. Hastinapur is related with the rich history of india,many kings ruled there for long period as Pandvas(Hindu mythology),king Shivraj( Naga vansh),king Samprati(Grandson of Ashoka), etc. Now this place is beautiful, spectucular and artistic with art at peak. A glorified fantastic place to visit.

Hastinapur is situated about 37 km from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. From Delhi, it is 110 km away. Hastinapur has a rich history and has been influenced by various rulers and dynasties. Many times destruction and construction took place there, still, Hastinapur survived as an artistically beautiful place.

Major Attractions in Hastinapur

Hastinapur is full of temples and religious places. The architecture of all temples is really brilliant. Few of those places are listed here:

Jain Temples

Hastinapur is also considered as the Teerth of Jains. This place is very much related with Jains as described in Jain's text. As per their texts, Hastinapur was one of the mahajanpads established by Bhagwan Adinath, who is also known as Rishab Dev. This place has been glorified with many great Jain Temples. Jain temples architecture is very food, carving on temples wall shows the history of Janis. A big area has been covered by Jain temples there and has taken so long time in completing those temples. Many are under construction. Most of the temples are owned by some committee, and a hierarchy is maintained in Temple staff. Grand celebration is organised by these committees on different occasions.

Digambar Jain Bada Mandir


Digambar Jain Mandir is huge Temple. It has one central dome which is very big and has a statue of Bhagvan in the centre. Facility for adoring is also available. jal mandir, vradhashram, Jain library are also situated in its premises only. Digambar Jain Bada Mandir is magnificent sanctum place for adoration and worship. This Temple is open for visit from 5:30 in morning till to 8: 30 p.m.

Jambudweep


Jambudweep is an area having many temples and a tall structure surrounded by many small small temples and green gardens. That tall structure is 24 meters tall and has green parks surrounding the main compound. In this Jambudweep compound, twelve splendiferous temples are situated as Dhyaan Mandir.
Lotus Temple, Trimurti Mandir, keerti stambh etc.

Sumeru Parvat

:Sumeru parvat in Jambudweep The main tall structure in Jambudweep.

Kailash Parvat

This Temple represents the present past and future Tirthankars. It is shown in three stages, having 72 temples, 24 on each stage. It has a main building in the center, which is 40 meters high.

Ashthapad

It is tallest among all structures in Hastinapur. This is not in Jambudweep area, it is near to Jambudweep. It has eight levels. The roof is open and designed with many statues of Lord Buddha.

Hindu Temples in Hastinapur

Hindus has not paid so much attention to preserving and constructing many temples there. Most of the places having mythological importance are in ruin. Still few temples are existing, these are:

The old Pandeshwar Temple:

This is a very old temple of Lord Shiva. This temple is very sacred to Hindus, but maintenance is very poor. But still, as this is very old, so good to see and get blessed.

Karan Mandir

This is also an old Temple of God Shiva. The building is not very great but the devotion of people is much in this temple. This temple is believed to be in existence from the time of Mahabharat.

Hastinapur Sanctuary

This sanctuary is mainly known for migratory Birds. This sanctuary has rich fauna especially mammals, reptiles, amphibians etc. Nilgai, Chital, wolf, swamp deer, gharial etc are included in Hastinapur sanctuary's wildlife population.

How to reach Hastinapur

By Road
From Meerut: Buses are available frequently form 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. to Hastinapur.
From Delhi, buses available from Delhi to Meerut.
By Train:
nearest Railway station is Meerut Railway station, from there take taxi or bus.
By Air: Nearest International airport is Indira Gandhi Airport, Delhi
One has to take Train or bus to Meerut then One may have Taxi.

Weather

Recommended time is anytime from month of September to February. As it has Hastinapur experiences very high and very low in temperature, so these extremes can be avoided. Travelling here in monsoon is not recommended as It will be tough to reach few temples.

Facilities

Delux flats, semi delux flats are availble for pilgrims in various Dharamshala.
Items needed for staying there like utensils, Bed etc are available.
For food, Mess facility is available in Digambar Jain Mandir Bhojanshala.
Reservation Facility:
Residence Reservation is available
Phone 01233-280133, 280188

A large number of people can stay here. Many Dharamshalas are there for a comfortable stay. Even Mandir Campus provides a place to stay and food.


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