(Last Updated on : 02/07/2012)
Shri Haridwar Teerth located in Uttarakhand
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth is situated on the right on the Rishikesh
Highway, on the outskirts of Haridwar
. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha
, the twenty-third Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Haridwar Teerth
As per history Shri Haridwar Teerth dates back to the ancient period. The teerth was established in the 1990's under the inspiration of Acharya Shri Padam Sagar Suri Ji Maharaj. Many sages and Acharyas have visited this place during their chaturmaas. The teerth is surrounded by the Himalaya Mountain
. The idol of Lord Parshvanatha is believed to possess miraculous powers. Many devotees from different 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 Haridwar Teerth
The temple of Shri Haridwar Teerth houses the idol of Chintamani Parshvanatha Bhagwan. The temple has been magnificently decorated with intricate artistic designs. These stand as unique example of ancient art and boast about the skills of the craftsmen. The walls and pillars of the temple are adorned with specimens of ancient art and paintings. The entire temple complex is spread over a vast area. It has been built in Jaisalmer stone in Jain architectural style. The main temple is on the first floor. There are idols of Shri Parshv Yaksh and Mata Padmavati
Devi on either side outside the garbhagriha
. On the ground floor, there is a magnificent idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
. The beautiful idol is made of white marble. There is also a small temple dedicated to Lord Ghantakarana Mahavira
. It is located on the right side of the main temple. Another small temple is has been built on the left side of the temple that has the foot images of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev. It is also made of white marble. It is a replica of the foot image of Shatrunjay Teerth in Palitana. A separate meditation hall has been constructed on the ground floor in a separate complex. It has an office and also a bhojanshala.
The idol of Lord Parshvanatha is about 1 metre in height and is of black colour. The idol is made of marble and 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 Haridwar Teerth organizes many annual gatherings and functions that are celebrated with much enthusiasm. The pilgrims visit the teerth mainly during the time of Akshay Tritya
i.e. Vaishakh Sudi 3 and also during the annual Paryushans. 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 teerth being situated amidst beautiful natural surroundings 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. The kshetra is well connected to road, rail and air. Taxi services and bus services are easily available here. The nearest bus stand and railway station is located in Haridwar. The closest airport is located at Dehradun