(Last Updated on : 12/06/2012)
Sri Chandrapuri Teerth located in Uttar Pradesh
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated on the bank of the Ganga River near the Chandravati village and is 17 Kms away from Singhpuri. The temple is dedicated to Lord Chandraprabha
, eighth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Sri Chandrapuri Teerth
According to history Sri Chandrapuri Teerth dates back to the ancient times. It can be related to the time of Lord Chandraprabha. The teerth kshetra is sanctified by the four Kalyanakas - chyavan, birth, diksa and attainment of omniscience of Lord. The sacred place finds its mention in 'Vividh Tirth Kalpa' written by Acharya Jinaprabhasurishvarji, in Jain scriptures and in many other tirthmalas. There are many ancient hills located here that provide a very good subject for study to the Archaeologists and Historians. Many ruins and other materials have been found here. Lord Chandraprabha had spent many valuable days here and thus this place is regarded as very holy and sacred. The idol of Lord Chandraprabha 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 Sri Chandrapuri Teerth
The temple of Sri Chandrapuri Teerth houses the idol of Lord Chandraprabha. The temple has been magnificently decorated with intricate artistic designs. The creative temple work boast about the skills of the craftsmen. The walls and pillars of the temple are adorned with specimens of ancient art. The idol of the Lord is 45 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.
The Temple of Sri Chandrapuri 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 is enclosed by scenic beauty that mesmerises 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 bus stop is located at Chandravati. The nearest railway station is situated at Kadipur
at a distance of 5 kilometres. Varanasi
is at a distance of 23 kilometers from this kshetra.