(Last Updated on : 02-07-2012)
Shri Jiaganj Teerth located in West Bengal
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in Jiaganj is about 200 Km away from Kolkata
. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha
, the twenty-third Jain Tirthankara
History of Shri Jiaganj Teerth
The history of Shri Jiaganj Teerth states that Shri Jiaganj Teerth is a very ancient teerth. Jain religion has been famous here. Ruins of many Jain temples have been found here that prove the antiquity of the place. Murshidkulikhaan had been appointed as the minister or diwan of states of West Bengal
in 1600. Their capital was situated at Dhaka. The teerth had a predominant place for the Jain traders for the rich port city Baloochar (Azimganj Jiaganj). Kathgola, Baloochar (Jiaganj) and Azimganj were assigned the Zamindar of the region. The Jagatseth (Gelada), Nawlakha, Singhi, Dugar, Kothari, Nahar, Dudhodia and Golechha clans shouldered the responsibilities of the state. After an invasion in 1608 Murshid Quli Jafar Khan
made Laalbaug his capital. It was named as Murshidabad
district after him. It is said that Lord Mahavira
had preached the people here in this teerth kshetra. Thus in his memory many Jain temples had been built here. The idol of Lord Parshvanatha is believed to possess miraculous powers and is 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 Jiaganj Teerth
The temple of Shri Jiaganj Teerth houses the idol of Lord Parshvanatha. The Swetambara
temple has been beautifully decorated with intricate 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 idol of the Lord is 38cm 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 appealing. The smiling face of the Lord looks very calm and serene.
The Temple of Sri Jiaganj 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 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 railway station and bus stand is located at Jiaganj. The closest airport is located at Kolkata.