(Last Updated on : 28/06/2012)
Shri Kachholi Teerth located in Rajasthan
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in the center of the Kachhoti village. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha
, the twenty-third Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Kachholi Teerth
The history of Shri Kachholi Teerth dates back to the ancient times. As per reference esrlier the name of the teerth was kachhulika. An inscription has been found on the seat of the parikar of Lord Parshvanatha that is of the year 1343 of the Vikram Samvat Era
. This proves the antiquity of the place. This place is the origin of the Kachholival gachchha. According to record this was once a very rich and prosperous city that was resided by many people as well as thousands of Shravakas also lived here. The idol of Lord Parshvanatha 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 Kachholi Teerth
The temple of Shri Kachholi Teerth houses the idol of Lord Parshvanatha. The Swetambara
temple has been brilliantly decorated with artistic sculptural work. The intricate temple work depict 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 90 cms in height and is white in colour. It is seated in a padmasana
posture. The idol looks very beautiful and has been carved from a single stone. The smiling face of the Lord looks very calm and serene.
The Temple of Sri Kachholi Teerth organizes many annual gatherings and functions that are celebrated with much enthusiasm. Every year a flag is hoisted on the temple on the tenth day of the bright half of the month of Magasar. 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 teerth is situated in the midst of beautiful natural surroundings. Being located in a village the temple is enclosed by scenic beauty and greenery that mesmerizes and fascinates the pilgrims. The calm and tranquil environment makes the teerth 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 railway station is located at Sarupaganj that is 5 kilometers away from the temple.