(Last Updated on : 04/06/2012)
Shri Bhopavara Teerth located in Madhya Pradesh
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in the Bhopavara town near the Mahi River
situated at a distance of 80 km from the Indore
Railway Station. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shantinath
, the Sixteenth Jain Tirthankara
History of Shri Bhopavara Teerth
According to history Shri Bhopavara Teerth dates back to the ancient times. Since its construction the teerth kshetra has been repaired and renovated several times. The idol of Lord Shantinath is also very old and it is believed that it belongs to the time of Lord Neminath. The teerth kshetra is associated with many legends and miracles. According to one legend in Mahabharata Lord Krishna
had kidnapped princess Rukmini
. Her brother Rukmi Kumar then fought a battle here with Krishna but he was defeated. He then decided to stay back in Bhopavara. Here he constructed the majestic Jain temple of Lord Shantinath.
Temple of Shri Bhopavara Teerth
The temple of Shri Bhopavara Teerth houses the idol of Lord Shantinath. It is a magnificent temple decorated and embellished with ancient architectural designs. The artistic designs of the temple boast about the skills of the craftsmen. The glasswork in the temple further enhances its beauty. The look of the temple is also adorned by pearl and enamel painting. There is a reference that an old temple is buried underground in the courtyard of this temple. The idol of the Lord Shantinath is black in colour and is 3.64 metres in height. It is in Kayotsarga Mudra. The idols of the Lord is said to have miraculous powers. Devotees from different places visit the temple to offer their prayers. It is said that the lord fulfils all the desires of the pilgrims if prayed with full devotion. Thousands of Bhil Tribe
residing in the vicinity of the temple also visit the temple. Lord Shantinath is popularly known as Kalababa and Bamanadeva by the Bhils. Apart from this images of goddess are also installed the idol of the Lord. The idol of Lord Chandraprabha
is also installed in the temple.
The Temple of Shri Bhopavara 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. The temple is surrounded by scenic beauty that attracts and mesmerises the pilgrims. The calm and tranquil environment makes 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 bus stop is located at Mohankheda. Busses and taxies are easily available for the kshetra. The nearest airport is situated at Indore.