Kaila Devi Temple
Shri Kailadevi Ji temple is situated around 23 kms. Away from Karauli town in district Karauli. It is believed that the temple came into existence around 1100 A.D. This temple is of Shri Kaila Devi Ji which is reining deity of millions of people of eastern Rajasthan, M.P. and U.P. Around 60 lacs pilgrims flock to this place every year. This temple is regarded as one of the 9 Shakti peeths of goddess Durga.
In chaitra Navratra virtually the entire area of eastern Rajasthan, western U.P. and western M.P. congregate at the feet of goddess. 1000 of buses, cars and other vehicles bring these people here. Lacs of devotees come on foot also. A real sea of humanity engulfs the surrounding area for around 15 days. Such a large assemblage of devotees requires tremendous efforts for provision and maintenance of basic civic amenities and services.
The Govt. deploys a whole array of officers and staff from various Govt deptt. For proper management of Chaitra fair.
Shri Mahavir Ji
Birth name of Mahavir was Vardhman. The different names Ativir , Sanmati , Mahavir were the epithets conferred upon him for his acts of boldness and bravery at different occasions. The universality of the application of the name Mahavir has rendered it functionally equivalent to a personal name.
Born in a princely family all the comforts of life were available to him but child Mahavir did not evince interest in worldly pleasures. Having strong spiritual inclination and desire to do well of the people, he had a strong urge of renunciation of worldly attach- ments. Deep affection and persuasion of his parents and relatives could not keep him confined to the family bonds. Spiritualism and renunciation so much prevailed over him the ultimately on November 11, B.C 570 (Marga-sirsha Krishna - dasmi) , at the age of 30 years, he left the place and proceeded to the park, Jnatrkhanda - Vana, close to Kundapur, and relinquished his ornaments and clothes . He pulled out his hair by his hands and initiates himself as a Digamber Jain monk. He observed fast for 03 days and then plunged himself into meditation. After some- time he started touring various parts of the country. He lived in gardens park, but as required by the rules of his vows and fast, he entered a town or a village once in a day and accepted the food offered to him according to the norms laid down for Jain ascetics. In a standing or squatting posture, and with his eyes fixed on the tip of nose, he spent his time in meditation and in reflecting on the Atman ( soul ) and in cultivating the attitude of equanimity towards one and all. Strictly observing his five great vows & other principles, he got himself habituated to endure with peace & patience all physical tortures, known as ‘pariahs’, like hunger, thirst , cold, heat, mosquito bites etc.
Mahavir spent twelve years as an ascetic, practicing various austerities. One day on Baisakh - Shukla - Dasmi , April 26, B.C. 557 at the age of 42 years, while he was seated beneath a sal tree plunged in meditation close to the village Jrmbhaka by name, on the bank of river Rijukula omniscience or all knowledge - infinite knowledge ( Ananta - Jnana ), "knowledge free from Karmic interference" - Keval - Jyana which has no limitations of time and space, dawned on him. He got satisfactory solutions for all those problems and questions connected with life and the universe which occur to any inquisitive soul.