Indian Railways station
Parasnath railway station signboard
General information
LocationIsri, Giridih, Jharkhand
Coordinates23°59′16″N 86°02′15″E / 23.9879°N 86.0375°E / 23.9879; 86.0375
Elevation332 metres (1,089 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated byEast Central Railway
Line(s)Asansol–Gaya section of Howrah–Gaya–Delhi line and Howrah–Allahabad–Mumbai line
Structure typeStandard on ground station
Bicycle facilitiesNo
Other information
Station codePNME
Division(s) Dhanbad
Previous namesEast Indian Railway
Parasnath railway station is located in Jharkhand
Parasnath railway station
Parasnath railway station
Location in Jharkhand
Jain temples on Shikharji or Parasnath Hills

Parasnath railway station, station code PNME, 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.[1] According to Jain belief, twenty of the twenty-four Tirthankaras (teachers of the Jains) attained Moksha (Nirvana) from Shikharji.


Parasnath railway station platform

The Grand Chord was opened in 1906.[2]


The Gomoh–Koderma sector was electrified in 1961–62.[3]


Main article: Shikharji

It is a holy place to visit with innumerable temples, shrines and meditation halls in the midst of natural scenery and wildlife.[1]

There are two recognized routes to Parasnath Hill. The summit of Parasnath Hill can be reached either from the southern or the northern side.[1]

The southern approach is from Isri Bazaar or Nimiaghat, to the top. It is motorable for about 2 km (1.2 mi), the rest being a climb of 8 km (5.0 mi).[1]

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.[1]

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 Digambara.

Further extension

There are plans from the Railway ministry to connect Parasnath station with New Giridih via Madhuban, for the convenience of the Jain pilgrims visiting Shikharji.[4] The foundation for the construction of new Parasnath–New Giridih rail line was laid in 2019. The 47-km long railway line would incur a cost of Rs 972 crore on its construction and will have two crossing stations and a couple of halts. The cost of the project would be borne by the central and the state government in 50:50 ratio and a target has been set to complete the project by 2023.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Parashnath". Hindu Books. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  2. ^ "IR History – Part III (1900-1947)". IRFCA. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. ^ "History of Electrification". IRFCA. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Giridih lauds Didi's budget – 'Madhuban link a blessing'". The Telegraph. Calcutta. 5 July 2009. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
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video icon Bhubaneswar Rajdhani passes through Parasnath railway station
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