History of Shri Derana Teerth
Shri Derana Teerth as per historical records dates back to the ancient times. As per an inscription the teerth was earlier known as Dehalana. An inscription of the year 1172 of the Vikram Samvat Era has been found on the seat of one parikar in the idol. This proves that the teerth kshetra belongs to the times prior to the twelfth century. The idol of Lord Sambhavnath 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 Derana Teerth
The temple of Shri Derana Teerth houses the idol of Lord Sambhavnatha. 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 white in colour. The parikarayakta idol of Lord Shambhavnath 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 Sri Derana Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. Every year a flag is hoisted on the sixth of the bright half of the month of Phalgun. There are provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims. These are well equipped with all modern facilities. The teerth has facilities like Upashrays, an Ayambilshala and a Jnanabhandar. Being 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 railway station is also located at Abu Road that is at a distance of 8 kilometers.