(Last Updated on : 31/05/2012)
Kutch Bhuj Teerth located in Bhuj
city in Kutch is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The temple is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
. There are three temples built in the Vaniyavad area.
Temples of Kutch - Bhuj Teerth
The temples of Kutch-Bhuj Teerth dates back to the ancient times. There are three temples that have been magnificently decorated and carved with attractive designs. It stands as a unique piece of architectural work. This temple belongs to the tapa gaccha. Among these three temples one of them houses the idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev. Other than this idol there are 26 other idols installed here. Among these 14 of the idols have been carved out of stone and the 12 other idols carved of metal. These splendid idols depict the creative skills and the artistic talent of the craftsmen of the ancient days. There are portraits of Shri Vijayananda Suri (Shri Atamaramaji) and Shri Khantivijayaji Dada that adorn the temple halls. The other temple belongs to the Anchala Gaccha. In this temple there are beautiful 23 idols made of stone and 32 idols made of metal. Apart from these there are portraits of Shri Kalyanasagarasuri and Shri Gautamasagarasuri.
The third temple belongs to the Kharatara Gaccha. The temple houses the idol of Lord Shantinath
. Other than these there are 8 idols made of stone and 13 idols carved of metal. These idols look magnificent and artistic. Portraits of Shri Jinaratnagsagarsuri and Shri Jinaananadasagarasuri are also found here. All these temples have been constructed in the nineteenth century and look exquisite. They reveal the artistic designs of the anceint period. On the outskirts of the town there is dadavadi of kharataragaccha. Another Jain temple is also located here. The sacred footsteps of Shri Ghantakarna have been installed here. A huge idol of Anchala Gaccha has been installed here. One can also see a small Jain temple here. Several annual gatherings and festivals are organised by the temple authorities. There are provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the devotees. Kutch Bhuj Teerth is well connected to road, rail and air. Busses, taxies and private vehicles are easily available for the kshetra.