|Indian Railway Station|
Parasnath railway station nameplate
|Location||Isri, Giridih, Jharkhand|
|Elevation||332 metres (1,089 ft)|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Operated by||East Central Railway|
|Line(s)||Asansol-Gaya section of Grand Chord, Howrah-Gaya-Delhi line and Howrah-Allahabad-Mumbai line|
|Structure type||Standard on ground station|
|Previous names||East Indian Railway|
Parasnath railway station is on the Asansol-Gaya section of the Grand Chord and serves the town of Isri in Giridih district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. The Parasnath Hill or Shikharji, located nearby, with a height of 1,365 m (4,478 ft) is the highest mountain in the state of Jharkhand.
The word Parasnath comes from the 23rd Tirthankara of Jainism, Parshva. Jains refer to the Parasnath Hill as Shikharji, and it is one of the two most prominent Jain pilgrimage centers, the other being Shetrunjaya, in Gujarat. According to Jain belief, twenty of the twenty-four Tirthankaras (teachers of the Jains) attained Moksha (Nirvana) from Shikharji.
The Gomoh-Koderma sector was electrified in 1961-62.
It is a holy place to visit with innumerable temples, shrines and meditation halls in the midst of natural scenery and wildlife.
There are two recognized routes to Parasnath Hill. The summit of Parasnath Hill can be reached either from the southern or the northern side.
The northern approach is a 13 km (8.1 mi) route from Madhuban on the Dumri-Giridih road. Madhuban is about 40 km (25 mi) from Giridih and about 10 km (6.2 mi) from Parasnath rail station/ Isri Bazaar/ Dumri, all on Grand Trunk Road (NH 2). Buses ply along this route from Dumri to Giridih and stop at Madhuban village. Hired cars or taxis are available at Isri Bazar, just outside the rail station. There are a number of Jain temples at Madhuban. There is a metalled trek route of 9 km (5.6 mi) to the summit, a major part of which is motorable.
Both the Shwetambaras and Digambaras have established Dharamshalas or Ashrams here to accommodate the pilgrims to this the first most holy place for travelers from all over the world. The main hill belongs to the Shwetambara.
New line survey
|Poorva Express passes Parasnath Hill|
|Bhubaneswar Rajdhani passes through Parasnath railway station|
|Preceding station||Indian Railways||Following station|
|East Central Railway zone|