Shri ChittorGarh Durg Digambar Jain Mandir & Kirti Stambha
Place – ChittorGarh Durg (Fort)
District – ChittorGarh (Raj.)
Nearby Cities: ChittorGarh Station- 7
Kms Neemuch – 53 Kms Udaipur – 117 Kms
ChittorGarh is famous for its great warriors in Maharana Hammir, Maharana Sanga and Maharana Pratap and also famous for Maharani Meera who was devotee of Lord Krishna. This ChittorGarh is also famous for Kirti Stambha and ChandraPrabhu Jinalaya, a superb specimen of art and architecture, constructed by Shah Jija (Jeeja) and Poona of Bagherwal caste, after successful completion of pilgrimage of various Teerth Kshetras.
Kirti Stambha was constructed in the second half of 13th Century when Maharana Hammir was ruler of Mewar. Jeeja constructed the ChandraPrabhu Jinalaya and Kirti Stambha of that Temple. Later on ChandraPrabhu Jinalaya was called Bhagwan Mahaveer Temple. It may happen that in Mughal period idol of Bhagwan ChandraPrabhu was destroyed and later on Bhagwan Mahaveer’s idol was installed there as principal deity.
This temple is highly artistic and shows the proficiency of artists and their dedication. Beautiful and attractive exquisite carvings of Jain Gods and Goddesses, Teerthankaras and other scenes of public life are present on the outer walls of the temple.
Kirti Stambha is a marvelous creation constructed as Manstambha of CandraPrabhu Jinalaya. Kirti Stambha is 75 ft. high with seven stories, its circular base at the bottom is 31 ft in diameter and remained 15 ft at the top. This seven storied building is a unique specimen of architectural art. Four standing Bhagwan Adinath’s (Rishabdeo’s) Digambar idols 5 ft in height are installed at the four corners of Kirti Stambha on it’s outer walls.
Jain idols are carved everywhere, their ornaments are traditional, which were used in Hindu and Jain both architecture at that time. It’s beauty and architecture is far better that Vijay Stambha later on constructed by Maharana Kumbha. There are 69 stairs available to reach the platform of Kirti Stambha.
After the completion of construction, a Pratishtha Mahotsava (Reverence Ceremony) was organized under the headship of Bhattaraka Dharma Chandra. Bhattaraka Dharma Chandra was the great scholar of Jainism and Maharana Hammir was also impressed from him.
At the time of Maharana Fateh Singh, due to the fall of lightning, the umbrella at top of Kirti Stambha was destroyed and Kirti Stambha was also damaged. Then Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur reconstructed the umbrella and Kirti Stambha at his own expenses.
Kirti Stambha is a unique specimen of art as ManStambha, where Bhagwan Adinath’s 5 ft high standing attractive idols are installed in four directions.
Digambar Jain Mandir is also very artistic. At present the idol of Bhagwan Mallinath (19th Teerthankara) is installed here as principal deity, this idol was reverenced in V.S. 1352. Another ancient idol of V.S. 1665 Bhagwan Shantinath’s is also present here.