(Last Updated on : 23/06/2012)
Shri Kashindra Teerth, a Jain pilgrimage centre, is located in Rajasthan
. The teerth kshetra is situated in the Kashindra village. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shantinath
, the sixteenth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Kashindra Teerth
According to history Shri Kashindra Teerth dates back to the ancient times. As per an inscription earlier the name of this teerth was Kashihrud. A small temple has also been constructed within the main temple. An inscription has been found under the seat of the idol of the year 1091 of the Vikram Samvat Era
. As per the inscription the temple was renovated and the idol was installed in the year 1234 of the Vikram Samvat Era. Huge donations have been given by the rich Shravakas for the of this teerth kshetra during the battle between Shahbuddhin Ghori and King Dharavarsa. It is said that the Shravakas of this place participated in many religious activities under the inspiration of the revered acharyas. They helped in propagation the Jain religion. 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 Kashindra Teerth
The temple of Shri Kashindra 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 75 cm 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. Apart from the main idol a parikarayukta idol is also installed here.
The Temple of Sri Kashindra Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. Every year a flag is hoisted on the tenth day of the bright half of the month Vaishakh. 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 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 railway station is located at Abu Road that is at a distance of 16 kilometers. The teerth kshetra is on the Sirohi