(Last Updated on : 02/06/2012)
Shri Korata Teerth located in Gujarat
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. It is situated on the outskirts of the Korata village at a distance of 8 kms from Shivaganj. It is dedicated to Lord Mahavira
, the twenty-fourth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Korata Teerth
According to history Korata Teerth dates back to the ancient times. As per the references of Jain scriptures the temple of Lord Mahavira was ceremoniously installed by the auspicious hands of the revered Acharya Shri Ratnaprabhasuriji. This sacred ceremony was carried out seventy years after the nirvana
of the last Tirthankara Lord Mahavira. Korata teertha kshetra finds its mention in the work, 'Satyapuriya Shri Mahavirotsava' of Dhanapala. He was a poet in the court of king Bhoja in 1081 of Vikram Samvat Era
. The teerth Kshetra has also been mentioned in 'Tirthamala' composed by the poet Meghagani in V.S. 1499. According to a reference, in V.S. 1728 the idol of the Lord was destroyed. Thus a new idol was reinstalled on the 15th day of the Purnima
of Vaishakha in 1959 at the auspicious hands of Shri Vijayarajendrasurishvaraji Maharaj. The idol of the Lord is believed to have miraculous powers. It is visited by thousands of devotees from different places. It is said that by worshipping the Lord with full devotion one can get all their wishes fulfilled.
Temple of Shri Korata Teerth
The temple of Shri Korata Teerth is dedicated to Lord Mahavira. The temple has been magnificently decorated with intricate artistic designs. It stands as a unique example of ancient architectural beauty and depicts the skills of the craftsmen. The idol of the Lord installed in the temple is about 135 cm in height and white in colour. It is seated in a padmasana
posture. The idol has been carved beautifully and looks very appealing. Apart from this there is another ancient temple of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
in the town. The art of some of the idols in the temple is exquisite.
The Temple of Shri Korata 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. Being located in a village, 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. The nearest city from Korata Teerth is Shivaganj. Bus service and private vehicles are easily available for the kshetra. The nearest airport from here is located at Ahmedabad