(Last Updated on : 20/06/2012)
Shri Kaparda Teerth located in Rajasthan
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. It is situated in the town of Kaparda is situated at a distance of 50 kms from Jodhpur. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha
, the twenty-third Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Kaparda Teerth
According to history Shri Kaparda Teerth dates back to the ancient times. The teerth kshetra is associated with miracles and legends. It is said that the idol of Lord Parshvanatha had appeared from underneath the ground of the deep thickest of babul trees adjoining the Kaparada village. The incident took place on the sacred birthday of Shri Parshvanatha in 1674 of the Vikram Samvat Era
i.e. on the tenth day of the dark half of the month of Margashirsha. The idol was thus installed in the temple ceremoniously in the presence of Shri Gajasimha, the king of Jodhpur at the auspicious hands of the revered Acharya Shri Jinachandrasurishvaraji on the Purnima
day of Vaishakha in V.S. 1678. Later as per reference the temple was re constructed by Shri Bhanaji Bhandari. The devotees then began addressing the Lord as Svayambhu Parshvanatha. With time the condition of the temple began to deteriorate. The emperor of the Jaina order then thought of taking up the task of renovating the teerth. He requested many people to help him in accomplishing his task. The fervent appeals and requests of the emperor inspired them and many people came forward with a helping hand. Thus on the auspicious Vasanta Panchami day of V.S. 1975, the re-installation of the temple took place. Amichand Gulabchand, the Shreshthi from Paladi spent a huge amount in the festival. At that time 15 other idols were also installed in the temple.
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 Kaparda Teerth
The temple of Shri Kaparda Teerth houses the idol of Shri Svayambhu Parshvanatha Bhagwan. 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 temple is four storied and is almost 95 feet in height. It is visible from a distance of about 8 kms. The idol of the Lord is 55 cm in height and is of snuff 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 Kaparda Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. 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 Bilada at a distance of 8 kms. The nearest railway station is also located at Biladi. The nearest airport is located at Jodhpur
at a distance of 50 kms.