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Kundalpur (कुंडलपुर) is a town in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is a historical pilgrimage site for Jains in India.


Kundalpur is located 35 km from the city of Damoh. Nearby cities include Damoh (35 km), Sagar (113 km), Jabalpur (143 km). Nearest railway station is Damoh which is 38 km from Kundalpur bus stand. Nearest airport is Dumna Airport in Jabalpur (150 km).


  • Kundalpur (कुंडलपुर) (म.प्र.) (p.194)

Rishabhanatha Statue

Kundalpur has a large image of Rishabhanatha (also known as Bade Baba). The image is in a sitting (Padmasana) posture and is 15 feet in height.[1] This is also the place of salvation of Antim Kevali Shridhar Kevali.[2]

There are 63 temples of various types. A temple called Jal Mandir is situated in the middle of the pond Vardhaman Sagar.

Among all the temples the most famous is the Bade Baba temple with Bhagwan Adinath (affectionately termed "Bade Baba") as the principal deity. The photographs of the Bade Baba image have been widely used in many publications, calendars and posters.

Acharya Vidyasagar has been the main source of inspiration for the construction and development of the new main temple and some of the recent structures at Kundalpur. He is often referred to as Chhote Baba in relation to the Bade Baba image.[3]

Construction of a massive and spacious new Bade Baba temple was initiated in 1999 after consulting architectural and religious experts. The main image was transferred to the sanctum of the new structure on January 15, 2006. The new temple will be in the classical Nagar style with some elements of the modern Rajasthani architecture.


The Bade Baba temple is the oldest temple at Kundalpur. According to an inscription[4] of Vikram Samvat 1757, the temple was re-discovered by Bhattaraka Surendrakirti of Mulasangha-Balatkaragana-Sarasvati Gachchha and was rebuilt from ruins by his disciple, with assistance from Bundela ruler Chhatrasal.[5]


विजयेन्द्र कुमार माथुर[6] ने लेख किया है ...कुंडलपुर (म.प्र.) (AS, p.194) दमोह से 22 मील कुंडलाकार पर्वत शिखर पर तथा नीचे 59 जैन मंदिर स्थित हैं. पर्वत के ऊपर एक मंदिर में महावीर की विशाल शैलकृत मूर्ति है. कहा जाता है कि इस मंदिर का जीर्णोद्धार महाराज छत्रसाल ने 17 वीं सदी में करवाया था. (दे. कुंडिन)

External links


  1. Shri Digamber Jain Siddha Kshetra Kundalgiri, The Jaina Gazette, Vol. XLV, Number 9, September 1948, p. 94
  2. Jagannmohanlal Shastri, Anekanta, December 1967, page. 194.
  3. patrika.com, Damoh-news-kundalpur-temple
  4. Y.K. Malaiya, "Kundalpur's Past Three Centuries," Arhat Vacan, Vol. 13, no. 3-4, 2001 pp. 5-13
  5. Thakurdas Bhagavandas Javeri, Bharatvarshiya Digambar Jain Directory, 1914
  6. Aitihasik Sthanavali by Vijayendra Kumar Mathur, p.194