A holy place for Jains, Muktagiri Siddha Kshetra is a cluster of 52 temples dating back to the 16th century. The oldest temple is believed to be the 10th temple, known as Mendhagiri. The walls of this temple are adorned by 72 idols of Teerthankaras. The 26th temple is considered that main temple of principal deity Bhagwan Parshvanath. A splendid 4 feet high idol of Bhagwan Parshvanath surmounted by seven serpent hoods can be seen here. Another ancient temple numbered 40 is also a prime one due to its gorgeous carving. Placed in the lap of Satpuda Mountain Range; there is abundance of greenery and vegetation in Muktagiri. A stunning waterfall during the rainy season makes the place more splendid and a treat for the eyes and soul. Accommodation facility is available for devotees in Muktagiri Siddha Kshetra with provision for library and pure Jain food. Muktagiri, also called as ‘Mendhagiri’ is located on Maharashtra – Madhya Pradesh border. It lies about 113 kilometers from Akola and is accessible by road. Chikaldhara and Melghat Tiger Reserve are popular tourist spots that can be combined for a day log trip to Muktagiri.
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