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Parasnath An Overview

Parasnath hill which is 4431 ft height is the highest mountain south of the Himalayas. It is located at the latitude of 23 degree, 9 minutes North and longitude of 86 degree ,3 minutes East. It was made accessible since the construction of a road in 1838 .Significantly the oldest of the Jain temple appears to date only from AD. 1775. Parasnath is the "Marang Buru "or hill deity of the Santhal of Hazaribagh,Manbhum, Bankura and Santhal Parganas and each year they assemble at the period of the full noon in Baisakh from these district and celebrate a religious hunt for three
days after which a great tribal session is held .In the assembly they decided the great matter relating to their custom and charge of offenced for outcasting the indivisual.Since Parasnath has been declared as a wild life sanctuary District administration and Forest official are trying to persuade the local tribe to are trying to persuade the local tribe to give up their religious hunt. The special sanctity of Parasnath for the Jain arises from the tradition that twenty -third of the Tirthankars (religious saints who are the object of their worship), Parsva or Parsvanath , like nine of his predecessors attained nirvana on the hill. According to local tradition the number of Tirthankars who attained nirvana on the Parasnath hill is 20 and not 9 .For each of them there is a shrine( gumti for tuk) on the hill.
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