(Last Updated on : 04/07/2012)
Shri Halar Teerth located in Gujarat
is a Jain religious centre. The teerth kshetra is situated on the sea shore near the village Kavi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira
, the twenty-fourth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Halar Teerth
According to references Shri Halar Teerth is a very ancient teerth. As per references the idol of the Lord was installed in the temple on the thirteenth day of the bright half of the month of Magha
in the year 2049 of the Vikram Samvat Era
. The auspicious ceremony took place under the auspices of the revered Acharyas and 125 Sadhu and Sadhvis. The idols of Lord Mahavira are believed to possess miraculous powers and are 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 Halar Teerth
The temple of Shri Halar Teerth houses the idols of Lord Mahavira. The 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 temple is 98 feet in height and the main gate of the temple is 35 ft. high. Inside the temple there are two huge big brass bells that weigh more than 60 kilograms. The idol of the Lord is 177 cms 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 beautiful. The smiling face of the Lord looks very calm and serene. Apart from the main idol there are idols of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
, Lord Shantinath
and Lord Purshadaniya Parshvanatha. Near the main gate of the temple, there are small temples of Manibhadravir and Goddess Saraswati
The Temple of Shri Halar Teerth organizes many annual gatherings and functions that are celebrated with much enthusiasm. 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. The temple being located on the bank of the Sinhan River is surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings. The rippling waves of water of the dam attract 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. The kshetra is well connected to road, rail and air. Taxi services and bus services are easily available here. This sacred place of Halar is at distance of 11 kilometers from Jamkhambhaliya. It is in the Jamkhambhaliya Taluka and on the Jamnagar highway road.