Kolanupaka Jain Temple
Kolanupaka Jain Temple is situated in Kolanupaka village of Aler mandal in Yadadri district. Kolanupaka Jain Temple is also known as Kulpakji Jain Mandir.
Kolanupaka temple is a famous Jain temple, which dates back to almost 2000 years. It is said the temple was built by son of King Dushyanta, Bharata Chakravarti, Queen Sakuntala of Hastinapur, as well as by the successors of the Lunar dynasty of Kshatriya Varna. This temple has also seen many innovations from time to time. An approximate of 150 artisans who had come from the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat did its most recent innovation.
This temple has three main idols of Gods, called as Tirthankars. These are of Lord Rishabha, Lord Neminath and Lord Mahavir. The statue of Lord Mahavir has been made out a single jade and is about 140 cm in height. The statue of Lord Rishabha, who is also known as Lord Adinath, has been carved out of a green stone. Historically, it has been popular as Manikya Swami. There are eight idols of various other Tirthankaras, placed on both sides of the temple. Every Tirthankara has been built with their own unique style. For instance, the statue of Lord Mahavira has been built with a Lion, while there is a bull on the pedestals of Lord Rishabha. A cobra with multi heads has been carved as an umbrella over the statue of Lord Parshawnath. There are statues of Lord Simandar Swami and Goddess Padmavati on the side of the temple.
This temple is frequented by not just those with religious inclination, but also sees tourists seeking architectural excellence and historical buildings. A range of Jain remains, have been discovered in Kolanupaka, which is said to be a Jain center during the Rashtrakutas period.
Hotels and restaurants are available at Aler city.
Kolanupaka Janin temple is 80 kms from Hyderabad city. Buses from Hyderabad-Warangal has stop at Aler which is just 6 kms from the temple. Aler railway station is just 6.3 kms. Buses, Autos and private transport is available from the Aler bus stand and railway stations.
Hyderabad International Airport is 106 kms from the temple.
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