History of Nagphani Parshvanatha Temple
According to history, Nagphani Parshvanatha Temple dates back to the ancient times. It is associated with many legends and miracles.
As per one legend the idol of Nagphani Parshvanatha was found in a dense forest lying on the top of hill. One day an old woman had come there. When she saw the idol lying there she became devotional and thus began worshipping and revering it. She regularly visited the place and offered her prayers and worshipped with dedication. As she was old it was difficult for her to climb up the hill everyday. Hence one day she told the Lord that from the next day she will not be able to come up on the hill to offer her prayers. If the Lord could bestow his blessings on her by coming to her village and visiting her home, she would be grateful and happy.
That night the old woman saw a dream where she was instructed to built a cart of Sarkenda and in that she should form 'Gundi' of raw cotton. She was told to take the idol in her cart. If she could do that she would be able to take the idol to her house. She was however warned that while driving the cart she must not look behind. If she did so the idol will not move further. Next day the woman did as she was told. She placed the idol in the cart and began driving it. After going some distance she felt that the cart has become very light that was earlier heavy. The woman thought that the idol must have fallen and to check that she turned around. She saw that the idol was there but as she has broken her promise the idol did not move further. The woman tried a lot but all efforts were in vain. At last the old woman decided to get the temple constructed at the place where cart became still. She also installed the idol in the temple.
Many devotees from far off places visit the temple to offer their prayers to the Lord. It is believed by them that if the Lord is worshipped with full devotion it fulfills the desires and needs of the pilgrims. Tribal of this area have firm believe that under the shelter of 'Nagfani Baba' they will never be harmed.
Temple of Nagphani Parshvanatha
Nagphani Parshvanatha Digamber Jain Mandir is an ancient and has been magnificently decorated with artistic designs. The beautiful spires of the temples adorn its beauty. The idol of Bhagwan Parshvanatha on the forehead of his disciple Dharnendra is established in the sanctum of the temple. The idol of Dharnendra seated in Lalitasan also looks stunning. The idol of 'Nagphani Parshvanatha' is black in colour and has only one foot. The temple also houses many other idols of Jain Tirthankaras. The idol of Lord Mallinath is also installed on one side of this altar was established in V.S. 1637. It is 4 inch in height. On the other side of the altar another idol of Lord Parshvanatha is installed. It is 1foot 3 inch in height. The idol of Lord Parshvanatha is also present in the door of sanctum of the temple. This idol was established in V.S. 2008.
Nagphani Parshvanatha Temple is enclosed by scenic beauty that mesmerizes the pilgrims. It is located in the midst of Aravalli mountain Ranges and is thus surrounded by greenery. Here a 'Gomukh' waterfall flows through out the year. Annual Gatherings are organised by the temple on the Aasharha Shukla. There is provision for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims. These are well equipped by all modern facilities. Shri Parshvanatha Digambara Jain Dharmshala is a famous rest house here.
Nagphani Parshvanatha Temple is well connected by road, rail and air. Bichiwada is established on Udaipur-Ahemdabad Road. Buses and taxis are available for the Kshetra from Bichiwada. Bichiwada Railway Station is situated on Udaipur-Ahmedabad line is the nearest station here. From here Buses and taxis are available for the Kshetra. The nearest airport located here is in Udaipur at a distance of 130 km and Ahmedabad located at a distance of 150 km from here.