History of Shri Dantani Teerth
According to history Shri Dantani Teerth dates back to the ancient times. This teertha is said to be almost 800 years old. Earlier the temple was dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha, the twenty-third Jain Tirthankara. This is also regarded as the birth place of Acharya Shri Raxitsuriswarji Maharaj who is credited with establishing Achalgachh. The idol of Lord Simandhar is believed to possess miraculous powers. Thousands of Jains and non Jains 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 Dantani Teerth
The temple of Shri Dantani Teerth houses the idol of Lord Simandhar. 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 and paintings. The idol of the Lord is 67 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.
The Temple of Shri Dantani 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 teertha is situated amidst beautiful natural surroundings. 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 Dantani. The nearest railway station is located at Abu Road at a distance of 22 kms. The nearest airport is located at Udaipur and Ahmedabad. Jiravala is one of the chief places located near the teerth kshetra and is worth visiting.
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