History of Sri Kampilaji Teerth
According to history Sri Kampilaji Teerth dates back to the ancient time. The teerth kshetra is sanctified by the four Kalyanakas of Lord Vimalnath which are coming down on earth, birth, initiation into monk hood and attainment of absolute knowledge i.e. Kevala Gyan. As per reference this place was earlier known by the names Kampilya, Makandi etc. Kampilaji has been the birth place of Chakravarti Sri Harisen. He was a brave and religious king of the Ikshvaku Dynasty and was very committed towards his dharma. It is this land that had Raja Shri Padmanabh, who was initiated into monk hood and he attained to absolute knowledge. In the past Kampilaji was a large and prosperous city that belonged to the Panchala region. It was almost spread over an area of about twenty miles. The place also served as the capital King Dhrupad during the times of Lord Neminath, the twenty-second of the twenty-four Jain Tirthankaras. Many ancient remains have been unearthed from the ground that revels about the antiquity of the place. it also depicts that earlier many temples were built here by kings and emperors. However, today it is changed into a small village. Kampilaji is also the birth place of Draupadi of Mahabharata. Sri Kampilaji Teerth is thus regarded as a very sacred and holy place and a blessed land. The temple of Lord Vimalnatha was ceremoniously installed in 1904 of the Vikram Samvat Era. The idol of Lord Vimalnath 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 Kampilaji Teerth
The temple of Sri Kampilaji Teerth houses the idol of Lord Vimalnath. 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 45 cm in height and is white in colour. It is seated in a padmasana posture and is believed to belong to the Gupta period. 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 idol of Lord Vimalnath is flaunted by the idol of Lord Mallinath on the left and Lord Shantinath on the right. Apart from there the idol of Lord Mahavira is also installed here. On all the four sides of the fort round the temple there are pairs of four foot images of Lord Vimalnath.
The Temple of Sri Kampilaji Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. A fair is held every year on the sixth day of the month of Posha. 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 mesmerizes 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. Bus and taxies are easily available for the kshetra. The nearest bus stop and railway station is located at Kapamganj at a distance of 10 km. The nearest airport is located at Delhi.
(Last Updated on : 11-06-2012)
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