(Last Updated on : 02/06/2012)
Shri Sauripur Teerth located in Uttar Pradesh
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. It is situated at a distance of 75 kms from Agra
and 25 kms from Shikohabad. The teerth kshetra is dedicated to Lord Neminatha
, the twenty-second Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Sauripur Teerth
According to history Shri Sauripur Teerth dates back to the ancient times. The city was once regarded to be very rich and prosperous and was known by two names Sauriyapur and Suryapur. Ruins of many temples and idols can be seen here. This city was named after Sauri, the grandson of a King of the Yadu dynasty. It finds its name in the ancient Agama
works like Samavayanga Sutra, Uttaradhyayana Sutra etc. This teertha is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from Bateshvara in the Sauripur village on the banks of Yamuna River
. This sacred place has been the birth place of Lord Neminatha and the land of Chyavan. Sauripur Teerth has been a popular pilgrimage centre. It has been visited by great Acharyas like Shri Pradyumnasuri, Shri Bappabhattasuri, Shri Vimalchandrasuri, Shri Udyotanasuri, Shri Nemichandrasuri and Devendrasuri. Shri Hiravijayasuri came here in 1640 of Vikram Samvat Era
. He imparted many Jain religious sermons that helped in stirring the compassionate feelings of Emperor Akbar
. According to the 'Vividh Kalpa' written by an Acharya of the fourteenth century, the idol of Lord Neminath was installed by the auspicious hands of Shri Hiravijayasuri. In V.S. 1981 the idol was reinstalled by the auspices of revered Shri Vidyavijayaji and Shri Jayantavijayaji. They were the disciples of Acharya Shri Vijayadharmasuriji.
Temple of Shri Sauripur Teerth
The temple of Shri Sauripur Teerth is dedicated to Lord Neminatha. It is a Swetambara
Jain temple. The temple has been magnificently decorated with artistic designs and stands a perfect example of ancient art. It depicts the skills of the craftsmen. It is black in colour and is about 75 cm in height. It is seated in a padmasana
posture. Apart from this there is another idol of Lord Neminath that is 105 cm in height and black in colour. It is also seated in a padmasana posture. The idols have been carved beautifully and look very attractive.
The Temple of Shri Sauripur 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 railway station located at Agra is at a distance of 75 kilometers. Bus service and private vehicles are also easily available. The nearest airport is also located at Agra.