(Last Updated on : 04/07/2012)
Shri Chhani Teerth located in Gujarat
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in a street of Shrvakas in the suburb of Chhani of the Vadodara
city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shantinath
, the sixteenth Jain Tirthankara. There is also an idol of Lord Parshvanatha
, the twenty-third Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Chhani Teerth
As per the historical records Shri Chhani Teerth dates back to the ancient times. According to references the teerth was earlier the city Chhani was known by the ancient name Chhayapuri. This city was earlier a military camp. Thus, the city came to be known as Chhani, the name was a transformation of Chhavani (Camp). The manuscript of the year 1821 of the Vikram Samvat Era
states that there were five beautiful temples in Chhani during those days. With time it began tearing down hence it was renovated into the present temple. The idol of Lord Shantinath is believed to possess miraculous powers and is visited by thousands of Jains and non Jains 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 Chhani Teerth
The temple of Shri Chhani Teerth houses the idol of Lord Shantinath. The Swetambara
temple 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 33 cm in height and 11 inches wide and is white in colour. It is seated in a padmasana
posture. The idols have been beautifully carved from a single stone and look very appealing. The divine face of the Lord looks very calm and serene. Apart from this there are other temples located in Chhani. One of the temples is dedicate to Lord Shantinath while the rest two shelters the idols of Lord Mahavira
and Lord Kunthunath
. On the other side of the temple the idol of Lord Vimal Parshvanatha is also installed. An old library is also located here that is worth visiting. It consists of many valuable books and manuscripts.
The Temple of Shri Chhani Teerth organizes many annual gatherings and functions that are celebrated with much enthusiasm. 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 teerth is situated in the midst of beautiful natural surroundings. Being located in a village the temple is enclosed by scenic beauty and greenery that mesmerizes and fascinates the pilgrims. The calm and tranquil environment makes the teerth 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 railway station is located at Vadodara Chhani at a distance of 8 kilometers.