(Last Updated on : 20/06/2012)
Shri Jakhoda Teerth located in Rajasthan
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in among the hills of the Jakhoda village. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shantinath
, Sixteenth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Jakhoda Teerth
According to history Shri Jakhoda Teerth dates back to the ancient times. As per reference the anjanshalaka ceremony of this idol was performed by the auspicious hands of the revered Acharya Mantungasurisvarji in the 15th century of the Vikram Samvat Era
. The teerth kshetra is associated with many miracles and legends. According to a legend the place once faced great difficulty in getting water. There was no possibility of getting water in this stony land. However, it is said that the Lord had indicated a place near the temple from where the water can be fetched. The place was dug according to the instructions of the Lord and sweet water was found in abundance. The idol of Lord Shantinath 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 Jakhoda Teerth
The temple of Shri Jakhoda Teerth houses the idol of Lord Shantinath. 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 35 cm in height and is red saffron in colour. It 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 Shri Jakhoda Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. Many pilgrims visit the temple on the Kartika Purnima
. There are provisions for dharamshalas or rest houses for the pilgrims. These are well equipped with all modern facilities. Apart from this there are Upashrays, an Ayambilshala and a Jnanabhandar. The teertha is 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 bus stop is located at Shivganj. The nearest railway station is located at Javaibandh at a distance of 10 kms. The nearest airport is located at Jodhpur
. The chief cities of Sumerur are located at a distance of 6 km, Shivganj at a distance of 8 kms and Falna at a distance of 18 kms from this teerth kshetra.