(Last Updated on : 30/05/2012)
Shri Kadambagiri Teerth located in Gujarat
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. Kadambagiri teertha is one of the five great pilgrimage places of the great Shatrunjaya teertha. It is located at a distance of nearly 20 kilometres from Palitana in a lonely forest on the Kadambagiri hill. It is a Siddha kshetra and is dedicated the first Jain Tirthankara, Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
History of Kadambagiri Teerth
Kadambagiri Teerth is an ancient place. It is on the peak of Mt. Shetrunjaya. There are three passages located for going around the hill and the temple is located in one of the three passages that are almost 18 miles long. According to history Sri Kadambamuni was the Gandhar of Bhagawan Nirvani, the second of the 24 Tirthankaras of the last group of Tirthankaras. He had attained nirvana
here and thus free from the cycle of life. Along with him many other monks also attained salvation. The sacred place is thus known as Kadambagiri. Kadambagiri Teerth is regarded as a Siddha kshetra as many sages attained nirvana here. This teerth Kshetra has been renovated by Acharya Shri Vijayanemi Surishvaraji who is regarded as a master of the scriptures.
Temple of Kadambagiri Teerth
The temple of Kadambagiri Teerth is dedicated to Bhagwan Rishabh Dev. The temple has been magnificently decorated with intricate artistic designs. The idol of the Lord is white in colour and is almost two meters in height. It is seated in a padmasana
posture and has been carved beautifully and inspires spiritual feelings. There are five more attractive temples located on the hill and five Ashtapadas that enhances the beauty of the temple. The foot images of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev and Kadamba Ganadhara has been installed on a very high peak. These even look higher than all the newly constructed Jain temples. Apart from these there are two more temples located on the Kadambagiri hill. The foot image of Bhagawan Nirvani is installed in one of these small temples. At the foot of the hill there is a small village. A large and beautiful temple of Lord Mahavira
has been constructed there.
Kadambagiri Teerth being located on a hill is enclosed by scenic beauty that enthrals the mind of the pilgrims. The surrounding greenery and the calm and tranquil environment are very fascinating. The temple has provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims. These are well equipped with all modern facilities. Kadambagiri Teerth is well connected with road, rail and air. Buses and taxis are easily available for the kshetra. The nearest railway station of Palitana is located at a distance of 20 kilometres. The ascent on the hill starts from the Kadamb village.