(Last Updated on : 20/06/2012)
Shri Khimsar Teerth located Rajasthan
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in the town of Khimsar. The nearest town of place is Jodhpur is located at a distance of 95 kms. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira
, the twenty-fourth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Khimsar Teerth
According to history Shri Khimsar Teerth dates back to the ancient times. Earlier the name of the place was asthigam. The teerth kshetra also finds its mention in the Kalpa Sutras
. It is thus believed that the teerth kshetra is very ancient. As per reference it was once a rich and prosperous city and was resided by many people. The foot images of Lord Mahavira can be seen here and is believed to be 2000 years old. Lord Mahvira had completed his last chaturmas on this land. During those four months people, animals and birds gathered here to hear the holy sermons of the Lord. The place is thus regarded as very holy and sacred.
The idol of Lord Mahavira 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 Khimsar Teerth
The temple of Shri Khimsar Teerth houses the idol of Lord Mahavira. 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 white in colour and 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 Khimsar 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, railway station and airport are located at Jodhpur
at a distance of 95 kms.