(Last Updated on : 11/05/2012)
Jain Teerth is a popular Jain pilgrimage centre in the state of Gujarat
. Deesa is the nearest railway station and is located is at a distance of three kilometers from the temple. Deesa is a city and a municipality in the Banaskantha district
in Gujarat. Deesa is situated at 24deg16'30degN 72deg15'10.01"E. The temple is located in the old town of Deesa.
History of Deesa Jain Teerth
According to history the Deesa Jain temple is believed to date back to the thirteenth century of the Vikram Samvat Era
. In the year 1878 the temple was reinstalled after its renovation. It is said that when Acharyashri Hiravjayji propitiated the Surimantra he dreamt of the presiding deity of the temple, Shri Adeshwar Bhagwan. The Lord blessed him in his dreams and told that a great king will be awakened by him. The king would help him in spreading the Jain religion in different parts of the world. The great king was Emperor Ashok.
Temples of Deesa Jain Teerth
The beautiful temple of Deesa has been beautifully adorned with intricate architectural designs. The principal idol of this temple is Bhagawan Adishvar or Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
. The idol is almost 45 cms height and is white in colour. It is seated in Padmasana
posture. Apart from this temple there many other temples are located here. A temple situated in the vicinity is dedicated to Lord Mahavira
. Outside the town, there is Dadvadi and there are foot idols of Acharya Shri Vijayabhadrasurisvrji in it. There are dharmashalas and bhojanashalas located in the temple premises for the pilgrims visiting the temple. An upashraya and an ayambilashala are also there.
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