(Last Updated on : 18/06/2012)
Shri Bhinmal Teerth located in Rajasthan
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. It is situated in the city of Bhinmal
and is 70 km away from Jalore. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha
, the twenty-third Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Bhinmal Teerth
According to history Shri Bhinmal Teerth dates back to the ancient times. Earlier the city was known as Shrimaal and was spread over a total area of 64 km. It had a fort with 84 gates where many temples were built. As per an inscription dating Vikram Savant Era
of 1333, Lord Mahavira
had visited that place. The teerth kshetra has been visited by many famous Jain saints. In total there are eleven temples located in this city. The temple of Lord Parshvanatha situated in Shri Bhinmal Teerth is the main shrine here. The ancient artistic work of the temple proves its antiquity. Presently there are main four gates in Bhinmal. According to a reference an English traveller named Nicholus Uplet had visited this city in 1611 A.D.
The idol of Lord Parshvanatha 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 Bhinmal Teerth
The temple of Shri Bhinmal Teerth houses the idol of Lord Parshvanatha. 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 golden 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.
The Temple of Shri Bhinmal Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. Every year a fair is organised on a grand scale here. 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 and railway station is located at Bhinmal. The closest airport is located at Ahmedabad