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On Vikram Samvat 1978 (1922 AD), through some blessings, our ever-so-merciful Pu. Gurudevshree, first laid his hands on Samaysaar. Samaysaar is written by one of the most revered Digamber Jain ascetic, Sh.Kundkundaacharyadev. Due to his inborn spiritual inclination from earlier births, he immediately found great happiness in reading it. He knew that he had found what he was looking for – the eternal truth. It was then he accepted the truths of Jainism preached by the ‘Digamber’ sect. Post realization, he couldn’t continue with the fallacious morals and mannerisms of the other sect. Pu. Gurudevshree was guilt ridden with this internal conflict decided to publicly denounce the false priesthood and became a ‘Sadhak Brahmachari’ i.e. a religious celibate of the Digamber sect. He underwent this auspicious shift on Tuesday at 1:15 pm, Chaitra sud 13, Vikram Samvat 1991 (16-04-1935 AD) (i.e. Mahaveer Jayanti); in the small village of Songadh in a secluded house called the ‘Star of India’. He renounced all the symbols of his previous sect in front of Lord Parshwanath’s photo frame. Regardless of the backlash he faced from the community of the other sect; the devoted, courageous and indifferent Pu. Gurudevshree continued his internal penance with tenacity and unfailing strength. This unwavering strength gave others the courage to follow the same path, leading to salvation. It was nothing lessthan a revolution! Once the ‘roaring lion’ of the other sect, peacefully settled into the quiet Songadh to pursue his salvation.

Pu. Gurudevshree would meditate in Star of India, away from the masses, it was so quiet and peaceful that even footsteps could be heard. Thousands of people who used to listen to his discourses before his conversion, left their violent and aggressive thoughts behind, came back to see Pu. Gurudevshree, who was meditating in peace. The devotees, who addressed him as “Prabhu, Prabhu” i.e. Lord Equivalent, believed in his truth. His sermons and answers to the queries posed by these spiritual seekers satisfied them all. They would calmly and humbly bow in front of this sage.This caused an onset of masses in Songadh. Through great insistence from his followers, Pu. Gurudevshree started giving a Pravachan i.e. sermon daily. While walking around in the Star of India Pu. Gurudevshree used to think to himself, “Ahaa! One dravya i.e. Substance doesn’t affect another dravya, who will accept such a fact? Words are not written with this pen (Red coloured pencil), who will understand this? Instead, today thousands of devotees have accepted the independence of Substances from each other. The pure voice preaching self-actualization echoed from Star of India, a small cottage perched on top of a small hill, which could be compared to the sacred grounds of ‘Sammedshikar’! Pu. Gurudevshree lived in this cottage for exactly 3 years, 3 months and 3 days. This historic place is preserved. Star of India is a highly respected place because from here, the almost forgotten Jainism philosophy was revived in Vikram Samvat 1991 (1935 AD).

દ્રવ્ય સકળની સ્વતંત્રતા જગમાંહી ગજાવનહારા,
વીરકથિત સ્વાત્માનુભૂતિનો પંથ પ્રકાશનહારા.
ગુરૂજી જન્મ (ધર્મ) તમારો રે....
જગતને આનંદ દેનારો…..

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In Vikram Samvat 1997 (1941 A.D.), right after the establishment of the Shree Simandharswami  Jinalay, the devotees built another temple – the Shree Samavsharan Mandir i.e. the Religious Court of the Lord. A 4 side facing idol was laid down in the Samavsharan on Vaishaak Vad 6, Vikram Samvat 1998 (1942 A.D.)

They also depicted the event of Aacharya Kundkunddev visiting the Samavsharan of Lord Simandharswami in the temple. The spellbound devotees could only imagine the grandeur of the actual event and the ecstasy of everyone there at that time!

In the Samavsharan there are eight lands known as ‘8 bhoomi’. The 1st being Dhulishaal court, Mandir bhoomi (temple land),2nd Khaay Bhoomi (Land of valleys), 3rd Pushpavatika (Gardens), 4th Kalpavruksh Bhoomi (Wish granting trees), 5th Dhvaj Bhoomi (Land of Flags), 6th Van Bhoomi (Forests), 7th Stup Bhoomi (Houses), and lastly 8th Sabhaa Bhumi (Land of various assemblies). These lands are extremely beautiful and attractive. There are precious stone crusted pillars lined up, pearls embedded in walls and forts made of pure gold.A devotional hymn composed by Pandit Shree HimmatlalShah describing the pomp of the Samavsharan and its dullness compared to the grandeur of the Lord is inscribed on the walls of the temple. Pu. Gurudevshree has given a discourse on this song. “રે....રે.. સીમંધર જિનના વિરહા પડ્યા આ ભરતમાં” (‘re re Simandhar jinna virahpadya aa bharat ma’) i.e. The earth is suffering from the absence of the Lord Simandhar. This line would bring tears in the eyes of Pu. Gurudevshree.

There are 4 different and exquisite paintings on the 4 walls of the temple. 1st Shree Kunkundaacharya Diksha (i.e. renunciation day) and Acharya padvi (i.e. achieving the higher order of Monks). 2nd Lord Simandhar’s four kalyanaks (i.e. major events). 3rd Shree Kundkundaacharya videhgaman and Chakravarti no prashna (i.e. Kundkundaacharya’s travel to videhkshetra and questionnaire with the Great king), and “Rajkumar tirthankara thashe” divyadhvani (i.e. the voice of God stating the future birth of the prince (Pu. Gurudvshree) as aLord). 4th Pu. Bahenshree’s samyak darshan (i.e. Self-Realization) andvartalaap with bhai (i.e. talking to the brother). At every monthly anniversary of the temple, Pu. Bahenshree would conduct a vibrant session of hymns and prayers in the temple. Pu. Gurudevshree would always join these sessions. The image of devotees singing along those euphonious tones with them was awe-inspiring.

It was due to the courtesy and blessings of Pu. Gurudevshree that a scene in the actual Samavsharan could be depicted in the idle village of Songadh. All the construction was done in accordance to the Holy Scriptures and the knowledge gained from Pu. Bahenshree’s memories of past lives.

તીર્થંકરો જગતના જયવંત વર્તો,
ૐ કરનાદ જિનનો જયવંત વર્તો;
જિનનાં સમવશરણ સૌ જયવંત વર્તો,
ને તીર્થ ચાર જગમાં જયવંત વર્તો

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The pious influence of our liberator Pu. Gurudevshree Kanjiswami was growing by leaps and bounds. The size of Pu. Gurudevshree’s devotees kept on expanding. The Swadhyay mandir was too small to accommodate large number of people during the time of festivals. Thus, it was decided to construct a bigger hall for sermons. A rich merchant from the town of Indore, Sir Seth Hukamchandji happened to arrive at Songadh in the year Vikram Samvat 2001 (1945 A.D.). He performed the ceremony of Shilanyas (laying the foundation stone) for the Pravachan Mandap. He was deeply influenced by the spiritual aura of this place. Hence, on Faagan Sud 1, Vikram Samvat 2003 (1947 A.D.) even the inauguration of Pravachan Mandap was done by him.

In this architectural marvel of a pillarless room of 50 feet x 100 feet Pu. Gurudevshree would give discourses. The hall would be packed with keen listeners enjoying the pure and sweet tone of his voice.  Beautiful ancient pictures are carved on the walls of Pravachan Mandap. For many years during the time of festivals Pu. Gurudevshree would come here for pravachan sessions. When it was decided to make a memorial for Pu. Gurudevshree, Pu. Bahenshree and the entire trustee group decided to adorn the Pravachan Mandap with 144 pictures which threw light on Pu. Gurudevshree’ ideal life. While entering from the north direction one would find a large picture measuring 4 x 6 feet which portrays an image of Pu. Gurudevshree bowing down to Lord Kundkundaacharya. Shree Amrutchandraacharya and Padmaprabhmaldharidev are there on the back. In the west there is a grand portrait of Pu. Gurudevshree with a prayer dedicated to him. Pu. Gurudevshree’s place of birth Umrala, the handwritten letter at the time of deeksha i.e. renunciation, the deeksha period, the transformation in Star of India, twelve pictures describing Pu. Gurudevshree’s life,the inauguration of Swadhyay Mandir, Pu. Bahenshree moving in the procession with Samaysaarji in her hands, Sir Seth Hukamchandji, Sir Pattani, Bhapsinhji Darbar (King of Bhavnagar at that time), the glorious temples of Songadh, various elegant poses of Pu. Gurudevshree, the religious tours, autographs, letters of commendation and many other special occasions are portrayed here. Large picture frames kept on the huge tables are enchanting.

The Pravachan Mandap is transformed in a museum where Pu. Gurudevshree’s autograph, his daily routine, the temples sanctified by him and many more articles are displayed. This “Kahan Guru Prabhavna Darshan” photo gallery is alluring the history of Pu. Gurudevshree and has been displayed beautifully by the heartfelt contribution of Pu. Bahenshree to her spiritual mentor. Also, the translated hymns (in Gujarati) of the five Parmagamas i.e. Kundkundaacharya’s 5 holy scriptures; penned by Pandit Himmatbhai Shah are carved on the marble walls of the Mandap as a tribute to Sh. Kundkundaacharaya. This “Kahan Guru Prabhavna Darshan” was inaugurated on Chaitra Vad 13, Vikram Samvat 2045 (1990 A.D.).

The preparations for the Panchakalyanak Pratishtha (a holy ritual, usually 5 days long, followed by which the God’s idol is placed in the temple) were still on, when Pu. Gurudevshree would often sit next to the idol and sing…

પ્રવચન મંડપ સુવિશાલ અહા, ગુરૂ પ્રભાવનાકા સ્મારક હૈ,
પૌરાણિક  ચિત્રાવલિ અંકિત, પંચપરમાગમ હરિગીત રચે.

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Gujarati story book of paintings in this landmark:

Hindi story book of paintings in this landmark

Shri Gogidevi Digamber Jain Shravika Bramhacharyaashram was inaugurated on Mahaa Sud 5 (Vasant Panchami), Vikram Samvat 2008 (31-01-1952) by Ladanu resident Sheth Sh. Vachharajji Gangawal. This aashram was constructed for bramhacharibens who decided to devote their lives to learn the principles preached by Pu. Gurudevshree Kanjiswami. The bramhacharibens lived under the pious care of Pu. Bahenshreeben. They regularly received valuable life sermons from Pu. Bahenshree in a swadhyay hall specially constructed for Ladies mumukshus. The name of this hall is Shree Manphoola Digamber Jain Swadhyay Bhavan.

64 well educated and learned bramhacharibens lived here with Pu. Bahenshree Champaben. They did their tatvagyan studies here. The famous book of Pu. Bahenshree’s Vachanamrut was compiled here by these dedicated bramhacharibens. Pu. Gurudevshree recommended Sh. Ramjibhai Doshi, Pramukh of then Sh. Digamber Jain Swadhyay Mandir Trust to publish 1 Lac copies of this valuable treasure. Thus, Shri Gogidevi Digamber Jain Shravika Bramhacharyaashram has become a pilgrimage place due to atmasadhana of revered souls like Pu. Bahenshree Champaben. 

The Pravachan Mandap is transformed in a museum where Pu. Gurudevshree’s autograph, his daily routine, the temples sanctified by him and many more articles are displayed. This “Kahan Guru Prabhavna Darshan” photo gallery is alluring the history of Pu. Gurudevshree and has been displayed beautifully by the heartfelt contribution of Pu. Bahenshree to her spiritual mentor. Also, the translated hymns (in Gujarati) of the five Parmagamas i.e. Kundkundaacharya’s 5 holy scriptures; penned by Pandit Himmatbhai Shah are carved on the marble walls of the Mandap as a tribute to Sh. Kundkundaacharaya. This “Kahan Guru Prabhavna Darshan” was inaugurated on Chaitra Vad 13, Vikram Samvat 2045 (1990 A.D.).

The preparations for the Panchakalyanak Pratishtha (a holy ritual, usually 5 days long, followed by which the God’s idol is placed in the temple) were still on, when Pu. Gurudevshree would often sit next to the idol and sing…

પ્રવચન મંડપ સુવિશાલ અહા, ગુરૂ પ્રભાવનાકા સ્મારક હૈ,
પૌરાણિક  ચિત્રાવલિ અંકિત, પંચપરમાગમ હરિગીત રચે.

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After the conversion of the benevolent and spiritual soul – Pu. Gurudevshree Kanjiswami to Digamber Jain, in Vikram Samvat 1991 (1935 A.D.) there had been an exponential increase in the religious activities at Songadh. The new chapter in the story of the Suvrnapuri - Songadh was “Manastambh” i.e. The Pillar of the Lord’s Glory, the first of its kind to be built in Saurashtra,Gujarat. At that time Pu. Gurudevshree’s age was 63 years leading to the height of the Manastambh being 63ft. 

On the auspicious day of Mahaveer Jayanti, Chaitra Sud 13, Vikram Samvat 2008 (1952 A.D.), with the blessed hands of Pu. Bahenshree’s the foundations for the construction of Manastambh were laid down. In the kind and compassionate presence of Pu. Gurudevshree, the event was successful with a lot of grandeur and the enthusiasm from people nationally and internationally. Within a few days itself 8 idols (4 up and 4 down), that were to be placed in the Manastambh, arrived with great pomp. Pu. Bahenshree Champaben inaugurated the depiction of “Samavsharan” with Aacharya Kundkunddev in videhkshetra in the form of a carving at its base.

Pu. Gurudevshree said that the Manastambh in Songadh wasn’t a “keertistambh” i.e. Pillar for fame, but a replica of the 4 Pillars present at the 4 gates of the ‘Samavsharan’ of Jinendra. This Pillar is called “Manastambh” because looking at this pillar leads to humbleness in one and all. As they say - ‘maani’ i.e. an egoist swallows his ‘maan’ i.e. false pride, so also it is after the glimpse of Manastambh. Additionally, Pu. Gurudevshree would call it a beacon of the Lord and his true preaching’s, inviting people from far away to gain from the knowledge offered by the Jinendra.

  As the trucks full of materials rolled in, and the Manastambh started coming together, people couldn’t contain their excitement. In Vikram Samvat 2009 (1953 A.D.) came the joyous event of its Prathishta. The grandeur of the event left everyone spellbound and speechless. With emotions running high, people couldn’t contain their devotion towards the Jinendra. Lord Neminath was the ‘Vidhinayak’. Under the solemn guidance of Pu. Gurudevshree, the entire “Panchkalyanak Pratishtha” was conducted with grace. Pu. Bahenshreeben got the opportunity to do ‘Aahardaan’ to Muniraaj Sh. Neminath.

During this majestic event, over 5000 mumukshus came from lands far away to celebrate and rejoice the day marking the presence of the Lord in Songadh. To accommodate these guests, ‘Kahan-Nagar’ was specially constructed. A splendid and grandiose tent was erected for all the rites and rituals. The ambience of entire Songadh was so pure and serene with the euphonious tunes of Bhakti i.e. hymns and prayers, conducted by Pu. Gurudevshree and Pu. Bahenshreeben on a regular basis! It was indeed an ethereal affair! At that stage, it seemed as if we all had reached the ‘Samavsharan’ with Pu. Gurudevshree and Pu. Bahenshree. On the last day of Pratishtha, the devotees were singing hymns in the background and 8 idols of Sh. Simandharswami was placed in the majestic Manastambhon Chaitra Sud 10, Vikram Samvat 2009 (1953 A.D.).

 સુવર્ણપુરે સ્વાધ્યાયસુમંદિર, જિનગૃહ ગુરૂજી લાવ્યા..
સમવસરણ, પ્રવચનમંડપ, જિનધર્મવિભવ લહરાયા..

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An educational institution was started in presence of Pu. Gurudevshree at Songadh to instill true and best of Jain culture in children to propagate rich traditions of lords (Teerthankars). The institute was named after revered  Sh. Kundkundaacharyadev and Pu. Gurudevshree as Sh. Kundkund-Kahan Digamber Jain Vidyarthi Gruh. It started on 27-8-1957 (Bhadarvo Sud 3, V. S. 2013) in Songadh where along with worldly education, religious education was also imparted.

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Pu. Gurudevshree’s popularity was increasing day by day due to his discourses and many pilgrimages. A lot of new Jain temples were made with pious Panchakalyanak Pratishthas. Millions of people were influenced by his mesmerizing persona. A huge number of extremely lucky people from India and abroad had gathered for Pu. Gurudevshree’s 80th birthday celebrations in Mumbai city. The devotees had a divine wish of building an incredibly gorgeous Jin temple in Songadh and a Shilaniyaas ceremony was conducted. 

When Pu. Gurudevshree was still in the other sect, he would often have dreams of marble slabs, with the words of ‘Jinvaani’ (Holy Scriptures) inscribed on them, falling from the sky. This dream came true! The words of the five Parmagam Jinvaanis like Samaysaar were inscribed on marble and 0.4 million (4 lakhs) words were successfully inscribed on the walls. 

A team visited different Jain and non-Jain temples in all locations for creation of Parmagam Mandir. The team meticulously did all the calculations with utmost precision and devotion to check how many marble slabs will fit in this room, how many ‘gathas’ i.e. verses will fit in each slab, how many words will have to be written so that all the scriptures would fit on the wall. They did the entire calculation to ensure that the writings were inscribed properly in the temple. The trust ordered a machine from Italy and all the inscriptions on the marble slabs were done in Songadh itself. ‘Om’ was the first word to be inscribed on the first slab. Pu. Gurudevshree, whose heart overflows with devotion towards Jinvaani, would often go to see how the work of that was progressing. Whenever it was the beginning of inscribing a new ‘adhikar’, the environment would highly festive. 

  Kundkundaacharya’s primary disciple Pu. Gurudevshree, had witnessed the meeting of Lord Simandhar and Kundkundaacharya in Videhkshetra. Thus, the sacred text on the walls of the temple would make him and Pu. Bahenshree extremely happy. Pu. Bahenshree, with utmost generosity, offered all her money for the inscription of the jinvaanis! 

Pu. Gurudevshree would get all the sacred proceedings done by Pu. Bahenshree. With the ultimate happiness of all the devotees present, the entire premise would be filled with excitement and devotion. The walls of the temple have been extolled with the words of the entire Samaysaar, Pravachansar, Niyamsaar, Panchastikay and Ashtapahud. In between the scriptures, pictures of ancient events have been painted. The life story and incarnations of Lord Mahaveer, the past incarnations of Lord Neminath and Lord Adinath have been inscribed. Along with that, pictures of the sacred events of all the tirths and tirthankars, Videhakshetra’s 20 tirthankars, and Acharyas have also been inscribed. Below, the impression of Kundkundaacharya’s feet has been placed. God’s Om Dhvani (God’s words) has also been established.  

A masterpiece was created with efforts from the entire team and with pious blessings of Pu. Gurudevshree and Pu. Bahenshree. The celebration of Pratishtha was also memorable and it took place on Falgun Sud 13, Vikram Samvat 2030, Veer Samvat 2500 (1974 A.D.). This temple was a tribute that Pu. Gurudevshree paid to Lord Mahaveer on his 2500th Salvation anniversary year. A majestic invite (patrika) was prepared. This event also manifested into a great celebration. 

 કેશર કુમ-કુમ રે, રત્નો વર્ષે સુવર્ણપુરી  મોઝાર,
આવ્યા આવ્યારે, પ્રતિષ્ઠા મહોત્સવ સુવર્ણપુરીને દ્વાર..

  The invites were sent everywhere and over 25,000 devotees came from all over the world came to Songadh. Pu. Gurudevshree’s sermons were also special like the roar of the lion and the devotees of India were enriched. The Pratishtha ended beautifully with salutes to Lord Mahaveer’s laghunandan i.e. youngerson - Pu. Gurudevshree.

 પરમાગમમંદિર અદ્-ભૂત હૈ, પ્રભુ મહાવીરકી મૂરતિ હૈ,
કુંદકુંદ ચરણ અભિરામ બને, પંચ પરમાગમ શ્રુત મંદિરમેં.

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Gujarati story book of paintings in this landmark:

Hindi story book of paintings in this landmark:

In Songadh, Pu. Gurudevshree's land of spiritual penance, along with many religious activities Pu. Bahenshree had an evening session with the women every day. Many auspicious and highly valuable maxims given by her were gathered by her devotees in the holy book called 'Pu. Bahenshree na Vachnamrut’ and published in the year Vikram Samvat 2033 (1977 A.D.) in the presence of Pu. Gurudevshree. Pu. Gurudevshree was highly impressed by the mesmerizing and deep verses of the book written in very simple language. He read the book with different perspectives and expressing his delight; he told the head of the trust Sh. Ramjibhai Doshi that this book is so lucid that 0.1 million (one lakh) copies of it should be printed.

Seeing at Pu. Gurudevshree’s fondness for the book, devotees requested to engrave it on the marble walls. Pu. Gurudevshree accepted to the request happily. Pu. Gurudevshree was not satisfied with the idea of carving it on the walls of the Brahmacharya Ashram for women so he expressed his opinion of constructing a whole new structure for it. Sh. Ramjibhai Doshi decided to put this idea into action. It was decided to build 'Pu. Bahenshree Champaben Vachnamrut Bhavan’.

The Shilaniyaas ceremony (laying the foundation stone) of this building was done according to the Gujarati calendar on Kartak Sud 5, Vikram Samvat 2037, (1980 A.D.). During the ceremony, Pu. Gurudevshree drew Swastikas on many bricks of the temple.

  Thereafter, it was decided to also inscribe Pu. Gurudevshree's Vachnamrut on the walls and to put deities of Panchmeru (The naturally occurring mountains at the centre of the first 2.5 islands) and Nandishwar Jinalay (The naturally occurring temples in the 8th island in the Middle Earth). The Shilaniyaas ceremony of the 'Panchmeru Nandishwar Jinalay’ was done in the presence of Pu. Bahenshree.

This temple looks magnificent and is known by three names - 'Shree Panchmeru Nandishwar Jinalay’, 'Pu. Gurudevshree Kanjiswami Vachnamrut Bhavan’ and 'Pu. Bahenshree Champaben Vachnamrut Bhavan’. On the top level there are deities made from pink marble of Lord Adinath first of the present 24 Tirthankaras, the future Tirthankaras of Ghatki Videhakshetra and Jambu Bharatkshetra (other islands). At the bottom level, in Nandishwar there are 52 deities and at its centre, in the Panchmeru there are 80 deities. Pu. Gurudevshree's Vachnamrut is carved on the marble wall of the ground floor and Pu. Bahenshree's Vachnamrut on the top floor.

Beautiful portraits of Lord Adinath's last ten incarnations, Pu. Gurudevshree's nine incarnations, ‘Om’ and the ‘Swastikas’ are carved in marble walls on the top floor. While on the ground floor, portraits of Pu. Gurudevshree's whole life, Lord Mallinath's incarnation, last ten incarnations of Lord Mahaveer and Dharsenacharya’s teaching of Shatkhandagam are carved. At the centre, there is a huge picture of Pu. Gurudevshree measuring (8×8) feet and his life story is written below. All the auspicious eight mangal dravya (i.e. holy ingredients) are engraved on the gate. Elephants and celestial beings coming for prayers are drawn on the roof. Every mountain temple is adorned with Golden painting. As soon as one enters this huge temple, they can experience eternal peace and does not wish to leave this place. The devotees regularly perform prayers, Pooja and bhakti (the holy songs) in this temple. Panchmeru Nandishwar temple has been created according to the description in the holy scriptures, based on Pu. Bahenshree's Jaatismaran gyan (knowledge about the past lives) and the study of Triloksaar. 

Aah! Just like the temple itself the Pratishtha celebrations were majestic. These celebrations took place from Faagan Vad 1 to 7, Vikram Samvat 2041 (1985 A.D.). At the time of the Shilanyas ceremony Pu. Gurudevshree was 91 years old and hence the height of the temple is 91 feet.

The past Panchkalyanak celebrations which took place in the presence of Pu. Gurudevshree were splendid. But, this was the first Panchkalyanak celebrated in his sore absence and it also went well due to his pious influence. Pu. Bahenshree personally gave all the instructions to the Pratishthaacharya (holy ceremony executor) to ensure that the whole event was carried out according to the sacred rituals and traditions. All the event preparations were done in accordance to Pu. Bahenshree’s instructions. The clothes of vidhinayak god, Lord Adinath's prayer, Nandwidhan, Dhwajkalash, the sixteen dreams, chariot procession, various performances each and everything was done according to Pu. Bahenshree’s virtuous guidance. Due to the virtuous influence of Pu. Gurudevshree and the contribution of Pu. Bahenshree this auspicious occasion went very well.

 પંચમેરૂ નંદીશ્વરધામ બના, ભાવિજિનવરજી વિરાજિત હૈ,
આદિનાથ પ્રભુ અરૂ જિનવરવૃંદ, રત્નજડિત વચનામૃત હૈ.

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Pu. Gurudevshree Kanjiswami’s Samadhi temple was completed in Vikram Samvat 2037 (1980 A.D.). This temple is constructed on Pu. Gurudevshree’s Samadhi at Songadh. It is made up of marble with a glorious lotus placed in the center of the samadhi. The walls are ornated with carvings depicting the pious past, present and future life of Pu. Gurudevshree. This temple is a humble tribute to our religious father for leading, propagating and preaching the true liberation path as depicted by Lord Mahaveer and one of his most remembered prime disciples of Aacharya Shree Kundkund. 

Pu. Gurudevshree was born far away from the truth. He always had a yearning to know and experience the truth about self identity. Single handedly with sheer perseverance he achieved the truth, promoted and propagated the true Digamber Jain religion. The state of the religion was awful prior to  Pu. Gurudevshree’s arise. The true philosophy was almost lost among the mundane rituals that people followed blindly. Pu. Gurudevshree studied, experienced and preached the true philosophical side of the religion. He achieved this feat single handedly, thus showing the uniqueness of his soul. Pu. Gurudevshee’s Samadhi temple is a very humble effort to commemorate his benevolence. 

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Pu. Bahenshree Champaben’s Samadhi temple was completed in Vikram Samvat 2046 (1990 A.D.). This temple is constructed on Pu. Bahenshree’s Samadhi at Songadh. It is made up of marble with a glorious lotus placed in the center of the samadhi. The walls are ornated with carvings depicting the pious past, present and future life of Pu. Gurudevshree and Pu. Bahenshree. This temple is a humble tribute to our religious mother for leading, propagating and preaching the true liberation path as depicted by Lord Mahaveer,  one of his most remembered prime disciples Aacharya Shree Kundkund and Pu. Gurudevshree.

Pu. Bahenshree was born far away from the truth. She always had a yearning to know and experience the truth about self identity. Through her sheer perseverance she achieved the truth and preached it after Pu. Gurudevshree. She was also blessed with Jatismarangyan that revealed Pu. Gurudevshree’s past, present and future. It was Pu. Bahenshree who revealed that Pu. Gurudevshree is going to become world revered Teerthankar Bhagwan in future births. One cannot fail to remember her benefaction and Pu. Bahenshree’s Samadhi temple is a very humble effort to commemorate her benevolence.

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Shri Kanjiswami Digamber Jain Vishrati Grah was constructed by Sh. Digamber Jain Mumukshu Mandal Trust, Mumbai in memory of  85th birthday celebration (Janma Jayanti) of Pu. Gurudevshree Kanjiswami. This facility was built to provide accommodation for aspirant Mumukshus who visits Songadh to study the principles of Jain religion. 

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On 16-6-2010 (Jeth Sud 5, V. S. 2066), under the aegis of Shri Anantrai A. Sheth of Mumbai; Shri Kahanjiswami Digamber Jain Vishranti Grah Trust, Mumbai reinstated Shree Kundkund-Kahan Jain Vidhyarthi Gruh school as Kahan Shishu Vihar. Children at Kahan Shishu Vihar are taught Religious as well as Conventional Education. The religious education aspects of Kahan Shishu Vihar is managed by Shree Kundkund-Kahan Parmarthik Trust, Vile Parle, Mumbai. Refer Campus section to know more about Kahan Shishu Vihar. 

Gurupratap is a state of art facility. First allotment of flat was done on Aaso Sud 9, Veer Samvat 2539 (13th October, 2013). This building is dedicated to all the Bramhachariben’s at Songadh. These bramhachariben’s have dedicated their lives for penance (Atmasadhana) at Songadh under the virtuous aegis of Pu. Gurudevshree and Pu. Bahenshree. They are benefited with the pious daily routine of Sh. Digamber Jain Swadhyay Mandir. This routine includes Sh. Jinendradev’s Abhishek, Pooja, Bhakti; Pu. Gurudevshree’s audio lectures (3 times); Pu. Bahenshree’s audio discussions (Tatvacharcha) and religious conversations with fellow sadharmis. 

Guruprabhav is a state of art facility. First allotment of flat was done on Faagan Vad 5, Veer Samvat 2542 (28th March, 2016). This building is dedicated to all the aspirant mumukshus who wish to live in Songadh. These mumukshus have aspirations to dedicate their lives for penance (Atmasadhana) at Songadh under the virtuous aegis of Pu. Gurudevshree and Pu. Bahenshree. They are benefited with the pious daily routine of Sh. Digamber Jain Swadhyay Mandir. This routine includes Sh. Jinendradev’s Abhishek, Pooja, Bhakti; Pu. Gurudevshree’s audio lectures (3 times); Pu. Bahenshree’s audio discussions (Tatvacharcha) and religious conversations with fellow sadharmis.

The Guru Kahan Art Museum is a tribute to the life of our beloved Pu. Gurudevshree Kanjiswami. Inaugurated in 2018, the museum houses various paintings and sculptures by top contemporary artists from around the world. Each of these works of arts are inspired by the life and teachings of Pu. Gurudevshree. They vast wealth of knowledge from our scriptures and books are now available in a graphical and artistic form leaving greater impact on those seeking divinity.

The Museum was inaugurated on Vaisakh Sud 1, Veer Samvat 2544 (16th April 2018), by The Trustees of Shree Digamber Jain Swadhyay Mandir, Songadh and Shree Kundkund-Kahan Parmarthik Trust, Mumbai. Since then, thousands of devotees have visited the museum and marveled at the beauty and detailing of each of the paintings and sculptures. More details about the museum is available on below link.

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Dharmashala is a state of art facility to be inaugurated soon. This facility has more than 200 rooms and can accommodate more than 1000 sadharmis at a time. This facility is especially dedicated to all the aspirant mumukshus who visit Songadh for its religious ambience due to virtuous aegis of Pu. Gurudevshree and Pu. Bahenshree. They are benefited with the pious daily routine of Sh. Digamber Jain Swadhyay Mandir. This routine includes Sh. Jinendradev’s Abhishek, Pooja, Bhakti; Pu. Gurudevshree’s audio lectures (3 times); Pu. Bahenshree’s audio discussions (Tatvacharcha) and religious conversations with fellow sadharmis. 

Shree Kahan Surya Digamber Jain Bhojan Samiti is a state of art facility to be inaugurated soon. This facility can cater more than 500 sadharmis at a time. This facility is especially dedicated to all the aspirant mumukshus who visit Songadh for its religious ambience due to virtuous aegis of Pu. Gurudevshree and Pu. Bahenshree. They are benefited with the pious daily routine of Sh. Digamber Jain Swadhyay Mandir. This routine includes Sh. Jinendradev’s Abhishek, Pooja, Bhakti; Pu. Gurudevshree’s audio lectures (3 times); Pu. Bahenshree’s audio discussions (Tatvacharcha) and religious conversations with fellow sadharmis.

Revered saint Pu. Sadgurudevshree Kanjiswami lived & preached Digamber Jin religion for 45 years in Songadh. Hence, Songadh has become an important pilgrimage location of Jain community around the Globe. Shree Digamber Jain Swadhyay Mandir Trust, Songadh & Shree Kundkund-Kahan Parmarthik Trust, Mumbai are dedicated to dissemination of upsurge of this true Jin's knowledge by Pu. Gurudevshree and Pu. Bahenshree. 

Songadh, Bhavnagar, Gujarat is situated in Bharatkshetra of Jambudweep. Jambudweep is the Centremost Island in island - sea geography of center earth (Madhyalok). Jambudweep also is the home Sudarshanmeru peak. It is the tallest peak in the entire center earth. It houses 16 natural temples (Akratrim Jinalay). There are 62 other natural temples in entire Jambudweep. Each of this natural temple has 108 natural idols. These idols are very beautiful and just like god in his religious court (Samavsaran). It is an exquisite arrangement…

On other hand, Sh. Bahubali Munindra Bhagwan is an exquisite symbol of immovable selflessness and omniscience and is very dear to all the Jains. Thus, Sh. Bahubali Munindra Bhagwan is a symbolic deity of Digamber Jains. Shravanbelagola (near Banglore) is one of the most important holy locations as it houses 57 feet tall 1200 years’ old idol of Sh. Bahubali Munindra Bhagwan.

We (Mumukshus) had envisioned to bring all the above mentioned pious landmarks together as a tribute to Pu. Gurudevshree's 91 years of sacred life. Therefore, we have an artificial 91 feet tall Sudarshanmeru peak surrounded by Jambudweep’s geography with natural temples and created an artificial hill of 50 feet and have erected a 41 feet, 230 Tonne Sh. Bahubali Munindra Bhagwan’s idol on the top of the hill. 

The 41 feet tall statue of weighing 230 Tonnes is one of the world’s tallest statues of Sh. Bahubali Munidra Bhagwan. This statue was made in Bangalore. It is sculpted out of a single block of 400-tonne granite, from Koira near Devanahalli, by renowned artist. The statue has a height of 41 feet, width of 14 feet and thickness of 6.5 feet. It took them 14 months to complete the statue. The search for the right stone and sculptor began two years ago. After an exhaustive search, it was decided that the stone and the sculptor have to be from Karnataka only, as similar stone and style of sculpture akin to the highest, revered and world famous Shravanbelagola Bahubali Munindra Bhagwan in Hassan district.