Mangi Tungi Moutain
Mangi and Tungi is a prominent twin-pinnacled peak with plateau in between, located near Tahrabad about 125 km from Nasik, Maharashtra, India. Mangi, 4,343 ft (1,324 m) high above sea level, is the western pinnacle and Tungi, 4,366 ft (1,331 m) high, the eastern.
There are numerous temples and is considered sacred by Jains. It enshrines images of Jain Tirthankaras in several postures including Padmasana and kayotsarga. Sometimes, it is described as Siddha Kshetra, meaning a gateway to the state of enlightenment.
Around 4,500 steps lead to the foot of the peak, which is enriched with several monuments of historical and religious prominence. Besides, there are numerous caves named after great Tirthankaras such as Mahavir, Adinath, Shantinath and Parshwanath. A grand fair is held here annually during Kartik
(September-October) where people visit in large numbers to witness festival.
There are many inscriptions on idols, most of them are not clear due to deterioration with time. Many idol installed are here. Many inscriptions on rocks of Adinath and Shantinath caves here are in Sanskrit Language.
Mangi Giri: There are seven old temples on this hill and many images of ‘charanas’ (feets) of saints are installed here. There is pond named Krishna Kund, which is said to be a witness of the last days of Lord Krishna. According to texts, elder brother of lord Krishna, Balram also practiced salvation and achieved fifth heaven. Here is a Cave named Balbhadra Cave where idols of Balram and many others are installed.
Tungi Giri: There are five temples on it. There are two caves named on Bhagwan Chandraprabhu, the 8th Tirthankar and other is Ram Chandra Cave. Ancient idols of Hanuman, Gava, Gavaksha, Neel are here. In one cave there is an idol of Ram’s chief of army Kritantvakra in the stage of ascetic saint. On the path between Mangi and Tungi Hills, there are two Caves of Shuddha and Buddha Munies (ascetic saints). a Colossus of Bhagwan Munisuvrat Nath is here in Padmasana posture. Lord Bahubali and other’s idols are also here.
Situated in Baglan tehsil , about 150 Kms from Nashik , Mangi Tungi is described as siddhakshetra which means it is a gateway to the state of enlightenment. The mythological tales assure those who are religiously inclined and who are seeking the path of enlightenment that more than 90 crore saints and celebraties such as Lord Ram and Lord Krishna had attained Moksha , the enlightenment at Mungi Tungi . Lord Krishna breathed his last and jettisoned his material body in the same area. It is further believed that his elder brother Balram , came out of the state of deep mourning after Lord Krishna’s death and received paramadnyana ,ultimate knowledge which further helped him attain enlightenment at Mungi Tungi only. It is stated in the puranas that the last rites of Lord Krishna were performed by his brother here. Mythological tales further indicate that Lord Rama arrived here with 28000 Kings and 46000 others including his dear and close confidante , Lord Hanuman and after rigorous penance they all merged with the ultimate univerasl force. His wife Seeta also attained divinity at Mangi Tungi. Sevearl Jain sages also attained divinity at Mangi Tungi and even today it is a home for the seekers of truth and knowledge of the universe.
Apart from the religious importance of the place , Mangi Tungi boasts of a rich heritage value . Mangi and Tungi are actually the names of two peaks situated close to each other. Mangi peak is 4343 feet high while Tungi is 4366 feet high from the sea level. The 4500 steps which lead one to the foot of the peaks where several important monuments of immense historical and religious value stand amidst breath-taking majesty of mother nature also assure the visitors instant reduction of flab gathered around their tummies . Hundreds of caves with idols of deities and sages , carved from the mountain rock , in them are the main highlight of the place. Near Mangi peak there are several caves named after deities and sages who were liberated there such as Seeta , Mahaveer , Adinath , Shantinath , Parshwanath and Ratnatrya. Their idols in yogic postures are found in the caves . In Balabhadra cave too there are several idols in similar positions.
The tourists may find many huge idols in the open also. Krishna Kunda is close to the Tungi peak where Lord Krishna was believed to have been cremated. Other caves house the idols of Lord Rama and his dear and near ones. What attracts attention, however, imediately after reaching the place is mammoth , 31 feet high statue of bhagwan Bhuubaliwhich was erected recently in 1996. The serpentine steps look like a cleavage of both the mountains . The steps, however, are the additions made in the modern times for the convenience of the pilgrims . There are caves named after several Jain sages like Subuddhamuni , Muni Suwratanath , Bhagwan Bahubali and 24 Teerthnkars in the middle of the stairway . At the foot of the hills there are three temples housing not less than 75 idols. Besides religious fervor , Mangi Tungi certainly is a paradise for hikers and heritage lovers as the mountain is not only surrounded by many historical spots and old forts but also gifted by picturesque nature . The great festival on the mountains is celebrated every year in the holy month of Kartik ( September – October ) when Hindus and Jains converge in large numbers to witness the grand Rathyatra. Interested tourists wanting to visit Mungi Tungi hilla , there is facility to stay in Dharmashalas and food at reasonable rates are provided . The ambience there is still free from either sinister company or deadly decibels.
Mangi-Tungi is also an ideal spot for hiking.
Height :- 4360 feet
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