Pawapuri, 101 kilometers from Patna and 38 kilometers from Rajgir, all sins end for a devout Jain. Lord Mahavira, the final Tirthankar and founder of Jainism, breathed his last at this place, and was cremated here around 500 B.C. It is said that the demand for his ashes was so great that a large amount of soil was removed from around the funeral pyre, creating the water tank. A marble temple, the “Jalmandir”, was later built in the middle of the tank, and is now a major pilgrimage spot for Jains. Another Jain temple called Samosharan is located here.
What to see:
Jalmadir: A marble temple, the Jalmandir, was later built in the middle of the tank, and is now a major pilgrimage spot for Jains.
How to Reach:
Air: The nearest airport is at Patna 101 kms. Indian Airlines/Indigo/GoAir/Kingfisher/JetAirways connect Patna to Calcutta, Bombay, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Lucknow and Ranchi.
Rail: Though Rajgir itself has a railway station yet the nearest convenient railhead is at Patna 90.kms.
Road: A taxi or bus can be taken from Patna, Rajgir, Gaya or other major cities of Bihar to visit Pawapuri