Paithan is a popular Jain Heritage centre known for the 3.5 feet black-colored stone idol of Tirthankar Munisuvratnath/Munisuvrata in sukhasana. Historically called Pratiṣṭhāna, is a town with a municipal council in Aurangabad district, Maharashtra, India located on the banks of river Godavari. Paithan is located at a distance of 56 kilometers from Aurangabad. It was the capital of the Satavahana dynasty, which ruled from the 2nd century BC to the 2nd century A.D. Paithan is associated with many spiritual leaders of all faiths for centuries.
Paithan has witnessed many historical events and mythological stories of Jainism. It is believed that the 3.5 feet idol of Tirthankar Munisuvratha was worshiped by Lord Rama. It is said that the last Srutakevali of Jainism Acharya Badhrabahu had visited this place along with Chandragupta Maurya and his 12,000 disciples while traveling down south to Shravanabelagola from Ujjain in the 3rd century B.C. It is said that later on, the Jain ascetics like Vishaka Acharya and Kalaka Acharya had visited Paithan. This Munisuvrata idol believed to belong to Chaturtha Kala (4th generate) is associated with many miracles.
Main Deity – 3.5 feet black coloured stone idol of Tirthankar Munisuvratnath/Munisuvrata in sukhasana posture.
Main Temple – The main deity of the temple is located in the basement. The walls of the basement are decorated with attractive glass work related to Jainism, Jain mythology stories, and Tirthankar images. The ground floor of the temple houses the idols of Bahubali, Tirthankar Adinath, Kshetrapala, Munisuvrata, Aranath, other deities and Jain Acharyas. The pinnacle of the temple has an idol of Tirthankar Parshwanath in padmasana posture.
Accommodation – Good accommodation facilities at the dharmashala located adjascent to the temple. It has AC rooms, normal rooms and hall with good facilities.