Samosharan is part of the Jaina temple architecture


Samosharan: Another Jain temple is also located here, with five other temples in the vicinity. It is believed that Lord Mahavira had delivered a sermon here. Thousands of pilgrims from near and far throng this place to offer prayers.

Samosharan is part of the Jaina Temple Architecture. In the middle of the temple ,  an artificial hillock on which the image of the deity is installed. Most of the Jaina pilgrimage and temples are on hill-tops.

Samosha is a Gujrati-Rajasthani word meaning ‘’hillock’’ and the popular delicacy samosha owes its name to the same.

Samosharan is close to Jalmandir, the most popular Jain temple in the vicinity situated in the middle of the lotus tank.

The Buddhist Sites:

The isolated hill to the north-west of the town is locally called Pir Pahadi or Badi Pahadi. Some scholars have tried to identify it with the Indra Shila Guha of the Buddhist tradition while the local tradition marks it as the site of ‘Magahiya Sangat’ . Several objects of remote antiquity like chaityas, portion of gateways, a unique image bearing inscription of Madanpaladeva are reported from here.

The tomb of Malik Ibrahim Bayyu stands on this hill and it is built entirely out of the materials from some earlier Buddhist shrine. About 300m north-west of the tomb, Cunningham noticed a square brick built platform, perhaps indicating the basement of a stupa.

North of the fort area is a level plain called Logani, from where traces of a large vihara and many granite coloumns are seen.

Tomb of Bade Chistani:

The tomb of Bade Chistani is the most ancient tomb at the place which is situated in the northern part of the city in an area called Musadpur. The saint, buried here, introduced islam in this part of country in the beginning of c. 12th century CE when the ancient fort was already destroyed and local king sahaladeva, who lived at Tungi, was converted to islam by him. It is said that the tomb was built on the site of a temple, as one of the the doors of the temple has been allowed to remain as a monument and forms the entry through a wall of bricks, by which the tomb is surrounded The door is intricately carved and does not match the Islamic tradition.