History of Marsalganj
According to history Marshalganj dates back to the 15th century when the place was full of riches. During that time a sage, Baba Rishabhdas visited the place. He was a Brahmin of South India but was a staunch follower of Jainism. The sage excelled in the practice of Mantra - Tantra.
A small temple was situated at Marsalganj. Later under the influence and cooperation of Baba Rishabhdas a huge magnificent temple was built here in place of the old Jain temple. The sage also installed the idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev in the temple. The place is associated with many miracles and legends. There are also many tales of miracles related to the sage. As per one story, once during the construction of the temple the king had instructed to discontinue the work. He had done this under the influence and provocation of some of his ministers. The Jains became agitated and went to the sage for a solution. The sage upon hearing them asked to remain calm. That night the king experienced certain movements and felt as if he was being beaten up. However, no one was visible. The next morning the king related his dreams to his ministers and secretaries. Discussions were held in the court and all decided to go to Baba Rishabhdas to apologize for their conduct. The king also gave the instructions for the construction of the Jain temple. He also donated a huge amount for the work.
Baba Rishabhdas had never collected any money or accepted any donations for the construction of the temple. However, every evening he paid the wages to the workers by drawing the actual amount from his seat. After the completion of the temple the Pratishtha Mahotsava i.e. the reverence function was conducted in the temple. Many people from far off places had gathered for the function. After some time the water of the well finished and the function halted. The sage without being disturbed took some stones and dropped them in the well. He recited some mantras and soon water began flowing in the well. There was also shortage of ghee and flour but under the influence of the sage all the problems were eliminated.
Baba Rishabhdas had become famous for his miraculous powers. He had a strong command over Tantra, Knowledge and Penance. Many people had thus become his followers and regularly visited him. The idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev is also possessed with miraculous powers. Devotees from different places visit the temple to offer their prayers and get their wishes fulfilled. It is believed that if one prays with full devotion he gets rid of all problems and worries.
Temple of Marsalganj Digambara Jain Teerth Kshetra
The temple of Marsalganj Digambara Jain Teerth Kshetra is very ancient and has been magnificently decorated with artistic designs. It is spread over a vast area and is adorned with sky high spires that enhance the beauty of the temple. The idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev is installed in the temple which is almost1000 years old. It is 21" in height and is white in color. It is seated in a padmasana posture. The temple has two splendid altars that house the images of Lord Shantinath and Lord Neminath. The idols have been beautifully carved. A boundary wall surrounding the temple also exists and has been decorated with five gateways. These are
* Rishabh Dwar
* Daulat Dwar
* Manik Dwar
* Abhaya Dwar and
* Vijay Dwar
In V.S. 2001, a great Pancha Kalyanak Pratishtha Mahotsava was organized here. Another Panch Kalyanak Mahotsava was organized In VS 2020. At that time another magnificent idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev was installed in the newly constructed hall of the temple. The idol is 9 feet high and is white in colour. It is seated in a padmasana posture. A huge artistic Ahimsa Stambha can also be seen in the middle ground. Apart from these the idols of Lord Bahubali and Lord Parshvanatha and many other images of Jain Tirthankaras are also installed in the temple. Idols of Acharya Sudharma Sagarji, Mahavir Kirtiji, Vimal Sagarji can also be seen in the temple. They are all depicted in meditation posture.
Apart from these a huge and attractive memorial has been built in memory of Acharya Shantisagarji. It is embellished with gorgeous spires. Several annual gatherings are organized by the temple. Bhagwan Rishabhdev Jayanti is organized during Chaitra Shukla. On the Magha Shukla the function of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev Nirvana Mahotsava is celebrated. The temple has provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims these are well equipped with all modern facilities. A dharamshala is also available in Fariha.
Marsalganj Digambara Jain Teerth Kshetra is well connected to road, rail and air. Buses for Fariha are available from Firozabad, Mainpuri and Agra. Buses are available from Agra and Firozabad to Fariha. The nearest railway station is located at Firozabad at a distance of 21 Kms, Tundla Junction located at a distance of 30 Kms and Agra at 66 Kms distance. Buses are available from these places to Fariha. The nearest airport is located at Agra.
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