(Last Updated on : 18/06/2012)
Shri Ayad Teerth located in Rajasthan
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. It is situated in the Ayad Village at a distance of one kilometer from the city of Udaipur
. The temple is dedicated to Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
, the first Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Ayad Teerth
According to history Shri Ayad Teerth dates to the ancient history. As per an inscription found on the idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev, it was installed by Acharya Yashobhadrasurishvarji before the year 1029 of the Vikram Samvat Era
. Another inscription suggests that in the 13th Century during the reign of King Jaysinh, the canonical scriptures were written on palm leaves by Shri Hemachandra
Acharya. Since the construction of the temple it was repaired and renovated several times. The last renovation of this temple took place in the year 1995 of the Vikram Samvat Era. The idol of the Bhagwan Adishvar was installed during the time of renovation. 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 Ayad Teerth
The temple of Shri Ayad Teerth houses the idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev. 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 white in colour and 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 are four other temples here that have been attractively constructed. Three of these temples belong to the twelfth century. In one of the temples, there is an idol of Jagatchandrasurishvarji.
The Temple of Shri Ayad 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, railway station and airport is situated Udaipur is at a distance of only one kilometer.