History of Shri Bahubali Teerth
Shri Bahubali Teerth, as per history, is a very ancient teerth centre. The teerth has been the land of penance of many ascetics. Great and learned Digambara Acharya Samantabhadraji Maharaj Saheb practiced severe penance almost three hundred and fifty years ago. According to Digambaras, this kshetra is an Atishay Kshetra. On this hill, there are ancient temples but the new idol was recently installed here. The idol of Lord Bahubali is believed to possess miraculous powers. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees from far off places. They come here to offer their prayers to the Lord and receive his blessings. It is believed that if prayed with all devotion the Lord fulfils the wishes of the pilgrims.
Temple of Shri Bahubali Teerth
The temple of Shri Bahubali Teerth housing the idol of Lord Bahubali has been brilliantly decorated with intricate artistic designs that enhance the look of the temple. The creative works of the craftsmen depicts their skills. The walls and pillars of the temple are adorned with specimens of ancient art and paintings. The idol of the Lord is 850 cms in height and is white in colour. It is seated in a padmasana posture. The idol has been carved out of a single stone and looks stunning. The divine face of the Lord looks very calm and serene. Apart from this there is there are beautiful and attractive replicas of the Siddhakshetras and samovasaran in the compound of this temple. These have been artistically made and are worth seeing. A swetambara temple and a Digambara temple have also been constructed in this hill.
The Temple of Shri Bahubali Teerth organizes many annual gatherings and functions that are celebrated with much enthusiasm. There are provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims that are well equipped with all modern facilities. There are also facilities for Upashrays, Ayambilshala and Jnanabhandar for the pilgrims. The teerth being situated amidst beautiful natural surroundings of the village attracts many pilgrims. The surrounding greenery and the beauty of the teerth mesmerize and fascinate the pilgrims. The calm and tranquil village environment makes it a perfect place for religious activities and also for meditation. The kshetra is well connected to road, rail and air. Taxi services and bus services are easily available here. The nearest railway station is located at Hathaklangade on the Kolhapur Miraj road at a distance of 8 kilometers. The nearest town is at Vaktapur.
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