(Last Updated on : 18/06/2012)
Shri Ajari Teerth located in Rajasthan
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. It is situated in the centre of the Ajari village. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira
, the twenty-fourth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Ajari Teerth
According to history Shri Ajari Teerth dates back to the ancient times. Many inscriptions have been found on the idols of the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries. The artistic work of the idol revel its antiquity. As per reference all the fifty-two idols of this temple belong to the times of King Samprati
. It is said that impressed by the devotion and prayer of the famous Jain Acharya Hemachandra
, Goddess Saraswati Devi had appeared in the temple front of him and blessed him. Shri Ajari Teerth is also regarded as the birth-place of the great poet Kalidasa
. This teertha kshetra belongs to the Nani Marwad group of five teerths.
The idol of Lord Mahavira 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 Ajari Teerth
The temple of Shri Ajari Teerth houses the idol of Lord Mahavira. The Swetambara
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 75 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 there is also an idol of Goddess Saraswati
that looks very appealing and adorns the temple. In the temple, there are also beautiful idols of some Jain Acharyas.
The Temple of Shri Ajari Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. Every year a fair is organised on a grand scale on Kartika Purnima
. 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 Pindwara. The nearest railway station is located at only five kilometers away from the railway station of Shirohi. The closest airport is located at Ahmedabad
. It is twelve kilometers from Brahmanwada and 10 kilometers from the Nandiya teertha.