(Last Updated on : 11/06/2012)
Shri Parasali Teerth located in Madhya Pradesh
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in the Parasali village. The temple is dedicated to Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
, the first Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Parasali Teerth
According to history Shri Parasali Teerth dates back to the ancient times. As per an inscription the idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev was installed in the temple at the auspicious hands of Udaysagarji in the year 688 of the Vikram Samvat Era
. The place is associated with many miracles and legends. It is said that once a blind man applied the bathing water of the idol to his eyes and got back his eye sight. According to another instance, once a dinner was organised here. However, the food felt short but with the divine power of the Lord the shortage was handled. It helped in supplying the extra food. The idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev 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 Parasali Teerth
The temple of Shri Parasali Teerth houses the idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev. 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 almost 76 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 a temple of Lord Shantinath
is also located in the vicinity. The temple has been constructed brilliantly and looks spectacular. A Dadawadi is also located nearby. It houses beautiful idols of Ratnaprabh Surishvarji and Jinakushal Surishvarji.
The Temple of Shri Parasali Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. A fair is held every year on the eighth day and the ninth day of the bright half of the month of Phalgun
. 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 of Shyamgadh is at a distance of 11 kilometers from this teerth on the Kota Ratlam