(Last Updated on : 10/07/2012)
Shri Fatasapole Mahavira Teerth located in Ahmedabad
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in front of the Fatasapole on the Gandhi road in Ahmedabad. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira
, the twenty-fourth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Fatasapole Teerth
The history of Shri Fatasapole Teerth states that it was a very ancient teerth. The teerth kshetra dates back to the period earlier than the year 1662 of the Vikram Samvat Era. It is said that the idol of the Lord belongs to the times of King. Samprati
. The temple was rebuilt by Sheth Umabhai Rupchand in the year 1922 of the Vikram Samvat Era
. He lived in Fatasapole and spent almost 50000 for the temple. The temple is associated with many legends and miracles. As per a legend the idol was found from a house of a a muslim Fakir, outside the Jamalpur gate of the Ahmedabad city in the year 1922 of the Vikram Samvat Era. Once, few members of a Sangha decided to go for a pilgrimage. The pilgrimage tour was however, meant for only affluent people. A Jain gentleman often used to visit the Fakir. He even wished to go on a pilgrimage but he had monetary problems. He thus became very depressed. The Fakir soon found out his problem and asked him to make preparations for the pilgrimage. Next day, the Fakir took him to the cellar of his house, and showed him the idol. He saw a lamp of ghee and incense stick burning before the idol. The Fakir tied a bandage around the eyes of the Jain gentleman. He told him that he was shutting the door of the cellar and also asked him to recite the mantra of his own choice. He would hear some noise then he must untie the bandage tied round your eyes. He gentleman did as he was told. When he heard a noise he untied his eyes and found himself with his luggage, among the pilgrims at the foot of the mountain in Palitana. After worshipping with the group of members he returned back home with the Sangha. The incident left a deep impact on his find and he became a devotee of the Lord. Every day he would bow down before the Lord. After some time, the Fakir fell ill. He called the gentleman and requested him to take away the idol. He was afraid that after his death, someone might destroy the idol of the Lord. A splendid temple was built and at the request of the Fakir the idol was installed there. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees from far off places who flock here to pay obeisance at the feet of the Lord especially on the first day of the bright half of the month of Kartika
. It is the new year day, on the 13th day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra
i.e. the birth Kalyanak day of Lord Mahavira, and also on the first day of the bright half of the month of Bhadrapad i.e. the birth reading day of Bhagwan. The idol is believed to possess miraculous powers. It is said that if prayed with all devotion the Lord fulfils the wishes of the pilgrims.
Temple of Shri Fatasapole Teerth
The temple of Shri Fatasapole Teerth housing the idol of Lord Mahavira has been intricately designed that enhance the look of the temple. The creative works of the craftsmen depicts their skills. This temple is adorned with a dome. The temple is decorated with beautiful sculptural carvings of goddesses. The place of nirvana
of Lord Mahavira is at Pavapuri has been built on the terrace of the temple. The temple is lighted up with lamps burnt with coconut oil. The sight of the lamps burning looks spectacular. The idol of the Lord is white in colour and is seated in a padmasana
posture. The idol is adorned with rich dress and ornaments. Apart from this there are metal idols of the twenty four Tirthankars and silver coated carved fort of Astapadji. The temple also houses the idol of Lord Shantinath
. Besides this there are 350 to 400 pinnacled temples located in Ahmedabad.
The Temple of Sri Fatasapole Teerth organizes many annual gatherings and functions that are celebrated with much enthusiasm. A flag is hoisted on the birth day of the Lord Mahavira. 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 a distance of 3 kilometres.