(Last Updated on : 08/06/2012)
Shri Agashi Teerth located in Maharashtra
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in the Chalpeth in the town Agashi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Munisuvrat Swami, twentieth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Agashi Teerth
According to history Shri Agashi Teerth dates back to the ancient times. Earlier the teerth kshetra was a part of the Soparak city and is thought to have come into existence from the time of King Shripal. The city was later named as Nalasopara. The teerth kshetra is associated with many miracles and legends. As per a legend once the beautiful daughter of the king was bitten by a snake. However, the king saved his daughter by virtue of propitiation of the navpada. He also got her married to a prince. It is believed that the idol of the lord had appeared from the lake of Nalasopara and was later installed in the present temple. According to another legend once a ship of Sheth Motisha was lost in the sea. He then took the vow of constructing a temple where the ship would be located. The ship was later located in Agashi and the temple of Lord Parshvanatha was thus built here as per the Seth's promise. The idol of the Lord was also ceremoniously installed in the temple. Since its construction the temple was repaired and renovated on the auspicious second day of the dark half of the month of Magha
in the year 1892 of the Vikram Samvat Era
. The idol of Lord Munisuvrat Swami is believed to possess miraculous powers. Devotees from far off places visit the temple to offer their prayers. It is believed that if prayed with all devotion the Lord fulfils the wishes of the pilgrims.
Temple of Shri Agashi Teerth
The temple of Shri Agashi Teerth houses the idol of Lord Munisuvrat Swami. The temple has been magnificently decorated with intricate artistic designs. The creative temple work boast about the skills of the craftsmen. The idol of the Lord is about 122 cm in height and is blue in colour. It is seated in a padmasana
posture. The idol has been beautifully carved from a single stone and looks very appealing. The smiling face of the Lord looks very calm and serene. Apart from this idol of the Lord there are idols of Lord Suparshavnatha
and Lord Neminath
The Temple of Shri Agashi Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. There are provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims. These are well equipped with all modern facilities. Apart from this there are Upashrays, an Ayambilshala and a Jnanabhandar. The temple is enclosed by scenic beauty that mesmerises and fascinates the pilgrims. The Nalasopara Lake located in the vicinity has archaeological importance. Thus the calm and tranquil environment and the surrounding greenery make it a suitable place for religious activities. The kshetra is well connected to road, rail and air. Taxi services and bus services are easily available here. The nearest railway station of Virar
on the railway line of West Mumbai
is at a distance of 5 kilometers.