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Shri Asthapad Mountain - 24 Gemstone Idols

Monday, March 01, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pooja Jain
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Shri Asthapad Mountain - 24 Gemstone Idols

Jain Center of America, New York

Introduction - Ashtapad is one of the Maha Tirth and is regarded as lost. The Jain Center of America, New York has created a Crystal and Gemstone replica of this Tirth and is also attempting to re-discover this lost Tirth. This Tirth is believed to be located in a tranquil region Kailash Man-Sarovar in the Himalayas. As per Jain scriptures Shri Rishabhadev, the first Tirthankar, had attained Nirvana on the Ashtapad Mountain. His son, king Bharat had built a palace (Sinh Nishadhya Prasad) with precious gemstones at this place as a memorial to commemorate the Nirvana of Bhagwan Shri Rishabhadev. The name "Ashtapad” is derived from the fact that there are eight (Ashta) steps (Pad) leading to the palace.

Ashtapad Mountain Dimensions

Height at Center

12'7”

Height on Sides

9'

Width

14'6”

Depth

5'1”

Size of the Steps

5' X 1'8” X 2'6”

Distance from Glass

2' 3”

Ashtapad Mountain - The Mountain is made of Crystal Quartz. The rough Crystal stone weighing 30 tons was imported. After processing and carving the final weight of the mountain is 7.5 tons and is supported on a 1.5 ton steel frame. 59 blocks of Crystal, each weighing 50 to 350 kilos, were assembled to provide a sloping pattern on the front and sides. Eight steps are carved in the center leading to the first row of the Gokhala. 24 Gokhalas are sculpted in the mountain itself, where the idols will be installed. They are of varying sizes, but gokhalas of each row are equal in size. Ashta-Pratiharya design is carved on each Gokhala and individual Yaksh & Yakshini are carved at the base next to the Sinhasan. Five Shikhar's are carved at the top of the mountain.

Idols of 24 Tirthankars - Shri Chovisi - The 24 idols are carved to represent the 24 Tirthankars. All idols are carved out of various colored gemstones; these stones were imported from all over the world. Each idol is a single piece which is carved from a single rough gemstone, as found in nature. All stones are certified by a Gemological Laboratory. Each Idol has its own symbol at the base, which identifies the idol to the devotee. Idols will be installed as per their position according to religious guidelines.

Gokhala Dimensions

Idol Dimensions

Level

Size

Total

H

W

Tirthankars

Idols

H

W

D

1-Lowest

Ex.Large

2

24”

22”

1 to 2

2

11”

8”

5”

2-Lower

Small

10

14”

12”

15 to 24

10

5”

4”

2”

3-Middle

Medium

8

18”

15”

7 to 14

8

7”

5”

3”

4-Upper

Large

4

22”

18”

3 to 6

4

9”

7”

4”

Ceremonies - Adhar Abhishek of the 24 Tirthankar idols was performed in Mumbai on April 25, 2009 under the guidance of Pujya Shri Nay Padma Sagarji Maharaj Saheb and eleven Jain Sangh's of Mumbai took part in the Abhishek. The Mountain Installation ceremony was performed on June 21, 2009 at the Jain Center of America, New York. The Pratishtha Ceremony of 24 Tirthankar idols and various related story carvings will be performed from June 10, 2010 to June 21, 2010. Jain Center of America welcomes you and your family to join us in a once in a lifetime event of Shri Ashtapadji Pratishtha Mahootsav at our Jain Center in New York.


Location - Jain Center of America - NY Temple complex is now known throughout North America in the way it has managed to Unite the Diverse Traditions of the Jain faith under one building, with each tradition having their own worshipping space, to preserve their Unique Tradition and Identity, in order to foster greater Harmony and Unity among all its members. The JCA complex is a shining example for Jains throughout the world as a model of Jain Unity within the Diversity of our Traditions, following the central Jain principle of Anekantvad.

Jain Center of America, New York, USA | Website: www.nyjaincenter.org | Telephone: (718) 478-9141
 
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