(Last Updated on : 10/07/2012)
Shri Hathee Singh Teerth located in Ahmedabad
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in the Indian state
. The temple is dedicated to Lord Dharmanath
, the fifteenth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Hathee Singh Teerth
The history of Shri Hathee Singh Teerth dates back to the ancient times. The temple of Lord Dharmanath occupies an important place in the history of Jinalayas of Gujarat. The huge compound consisting of beautiful 52 temples was built by Sheth Shri Hathisinghji at his own expense. He wished to host a function and inaugurate the temple but died soon. After his death, his wife Shethani Harkorbai inaugurated the temple. She also organized 21 days festival spending lakhs of rupees. The inauguration of the temple took place on Thursday, Posh Vad 11, Vikram Samvat Era
1903 at the hands of Acharaya Shri Shantisagar Surishwarji. The idol of Lord Dharmanath is believed to possess miraculous powers. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees 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 Hathee Singh Teerth
The ancient temple of Shri Hathee Singh Teerth has been brilliantly decorated with intricate artistic designs that enhance the look of the temple. The creative works of the craftsmen depicts their skills. The walls and pillars of the temple are adorned with specimens of ancient art and paintings. The idol of the Lord is black in colour and is seated in a padmasana
posture. The idol has been carved out of a single stone and looks stunning. The divine face of the Lord looks very calm and serene.
The Temple of Shri Hathee Singh 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 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 Ahmedabad Railway station at a distance of 3 kms.