(Last Updated on : 01/06/2012)
Panasar Teerth located in the Gujarat
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teertha kshetra is situated near the village Pansar on the Ahmedabad
-Mehsana high-way. It is dedicated to the twenty-fourth Tirthankara, Lord Mahavira
History of Panasar Teerth
According to history Panasar Teerth dates back to the ancient times. The idol of Lord Mahavira is also very old. As per a legend the idol was unearthed in the house of Raval Shri Jala Teja on Sunday, the 9th of the bright half of Vaishakh in 1974 of Virkam Samvat Era
. Later in V.S. 1991, five other ancient idols were also discovered from underneath the ground. According to references there were many other Jain temples located in this kshetra. This temple is associated with many miracles. Since its installation the idol has been revered and worshipped by devotees from different places. They gather here to offer their prayers to the Lord and to get their wishes fulfilled. It is believed that the Lord possesses miraculous powers.
Temple of Panasar Teerth
The temple of Panasar Teerth houses the idol of Lord Mahavira. The idol is white in colour and is 91 cm in height. It is seated in a padmasana
posture. The temple has been carved beautifully with intricate designs. The designs of the temple and the idol reflect the artistic skills of the craftsmen. The temple is adorned with three peaks and seven inner apartments. All the seven apartments house the idol of Lord Mahavira. These are all made of white marble and look very appealing to the eyes. Apart from this there are many other idols located here made of metal. In the Pansar village that is located at a distance of two furlongs from thus teerth kshetra, a temple can be seen. The temple also houses the idol of Shri Dharmanath Bhagavan.
Panasar Teerth is enclosed by scenic beauty that appears to be mesmerizing and heart-touching. The cam and tranquil environment of this kshetra and the surrounding greenery captivates the heart of the pilgrims. The temple organises many annual gatherings and functions. There is provision for dharamshala or rest houses for the pilgrims. These are well equipped with all modern facilities.
Mahuva Teerth is well connected with road and rail. The nearest bus stop is located at Kalol at a distance of 15 kms. Busses and taxies are easily available for the teerth kshetra. The nearest railway station is also located at Kalol. The closest airport is situated at Ahmedabad
at a distance of 40 kms.