The ancient temple of Telangana – Kulpakji, Kolanupaka
Pictures of the Ancient Temple
Kulpakji or better known as Kolanupaka Temple is a 2000 year old ancient Jain temple in the Kolanpuka Village of Aler city in Telangana. The temple has deities of Lord Rishabnatha, Neminatha and Mahaveera. It also has an image of lord Rishabnatha which has been carved out of a green stone and is famous as “Manikyaswami”
Kolanu means a Lake and Paka means a Hut which depicts this place was full of lakes and huts at a point of time in history
Location and how to get there:
Kolanupaka is 80 Kilometers drive from Hyderabad. Hyderabad is well connected to all cities via flights, trains and road.
The places of interest:
The temple of Kolanpak and the Someshwara temple are the two important temples of this place. This place is an important pilgrimage centre for Svetambara Jain.
There are eight idols of various Tirthankaras here and the statue of Lord Mahaveera is made from a single piece of Jade.
Kolanupaka is said to be known by different names in the past, Bimbavatipuram, Kottiyapaka, Kollihaka, Kollipaka and Kolanpak.
The Someshwara temple’s museeum has the other statues which were found while constructing the school and library. This temple was built by the Chalukyas 800 years back.
The history of Kolanupaka:
The idol of Sri Adinatha or also known as lord Rishbhnatha here is famous by the name of Sri Manikyaswami and is very ancient.
Historical legends say that Shri Bharat Chakravarti, son of Shri Adhinath had place idols of all 24 Tirthankaras on Mount Ashtapad and one of the idols was made of a blue precious stone which was set in his own ring.
It is said that King Ravana had obtained this idol with divine help and as a result of his practicing penance to please them and had gifted the idol to his queen Mandodari.
For several years the idol remained in Sri Lanka and when the latter was destroyed, the Guardian Deity of the Jains kept it safe under the sea.
While practicing austerities to please the Guardian Deity, a local king Shankar received this idol in Vikram year 680. It was then placed here after proper consecration ceremonies and building the temple