(Last Updated on : 28/05/2012)
Bhagawan Shantinath Jain Teerth located at a distance of 3 kilometres from the Devgadh village is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shantinath
. The temple is located among the hills on the bank of the Betva River.
History of Bhagawan Shantinath Jain Teerth
According to history Bhagawan Shantinath Jain Teerth dates back to the ancient times. The place was earlier known as Devagadh in the 12th or the 13th century of the Vikram Samvat Era
. It was believed that the gods of heaven had created this place. The place also houses many ancient idols. There are many inscriptions carved on the pillars of the temple. These inscriptions belong from the eight to the fifteenth century. The artistic work of the temple depicts the art and culture of ancient times.
Temple of Bhagawan Shantinath Jain Teerth
The temple of Bhagawan Shantinath has been magnificently decorated with artistic designs. The idol of Lord Shantinath is nearly 375 cm in height and is light red in colour. It is seated in a padmasana
posture. Apart from this there are 39 temples on the hills. These temples stand as a unique piece of art. They boast about the skills of the craftsmen. The idols have been carved beautifully and are of different designs. The kshetra also houses a museum which stores special, ancient, artistic idols. There are ancient idols of gods and goddesses and also of Yakshas and Yakshanis
. Their artistic styles are different from the rest of the idols present here. The pavilion and pillars of the temple are splendid specimens of sculpture. There is also a stone inscription with carvings of eighteen scripts. The temple organises many annual functions here. There are provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims. Being located in a village the temple is surrounded by scenic beauty and greenery that mesmerizes the pilgrims. The calm and tranquil environment of the temple gives a soothing effect and makes it a perfect place for religious activities.
Bhagawan Shantinath Jain Teerth is well connected to road, rail and air. Busses, taxis and other private vehicles are easily available for this kshetra. The nearest railway station of Lalitpur
is at a distance of 31 kilometers. Boarding and lodging previsions are there in Devgadh.