(Last Updated on : 11/06/2012)
Shri Kaushambi Teerth located in Uttar Pradesh
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in at a distance of 1 kilometer from the Gadhva Koshal village on the bank of the Yamuna River
. The temple is dedicated to Lord Padmaprabha
, sixth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Kaushambi Teerth
According to history Shri Kaushambi Teerth dates back to the ancient times. The teerth kshetra belongs to the time of Lord Padmaprabha. This place was under the ruled of King Shatanik during the time of Lord Mahavira. Earlier it was a rich and prosperous city but now a small village. As per the Digambar gachchha, this is the land of four Kalyanakas of Lord Padmaprabha. Lord Kuber
has arranged for the first samavasarana of Lord Padmaprabha here. The land was also sanctified by the samavasrana of Lord Mahavira
. He had visited the kshetra many times. Kaushambi finds its mention in the Vividh Tirth kalpa and many other scriptures written between the 14th century and the 18th century of the Vikram Samvat Era
. The place is also the birth place of Kapil Kevali. Many temples were earlier constructed here. These are now in complete ruined state and can be seen scattered over miles. This place is thus regarded as very holy and sacred. The idol of Bhagawan Adishvar 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 Kaushambi Teerth
The temple of Shri Kaushambi Teerth houses the idol of Lord Padmaprabha. The Swetambara
temple has been magnificently decorated with intricate artistic designs. The creative temple work boast about the skills of the craftsmen. An ancient pillar built by King Samprati
adorns the beauty of the temple. The idol of Lord Padmaprabha is almost 30 cm in height and is white 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 there is an attractive Swetambara temple located here. Ruins of a fort with twenty gates can also be seen here. The fort was built here by Maharani Mrugavati.
The Temple of Shri Kaushambi 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 being located on the confluence of the three holy rivers is enclosed by scenic beauty that enthrals and fascinates the pilgrims. 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 is located at Allahabad
which is at a distance of 64 Kilometers.