(Last Updated on : 03/07/2012)
Shri Ludhiana Teerth located at Punjab
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth khetera is situated in the city of Ludhiana
. The temple is dedicated to Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
, the first Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Ludhiana Teerth
As per the history of Shri Ludhiana Teerth is an ancient teerth. According to references the temple was temporarily installed on 5th March, 1976 i.e. on Phalgun
Sudi 4, Vikram Samvat Era
2032. It was done at the auspicious hands of the revered Acharya Samudra Suri Ji Maharaj. Later after the construction of the temple was complete, the permanent installation was done on 20th February 1978 i.e. Magha
Vadi 13, on a Monday of Vikram Samvat Era 2034. It was done under the holy presence of Gani Sh. Janak Chandra Ji Maharaj and Sadhvi Mrigawati Shri Ji Maharaj. The idols earlier belonged to a temple in Rajasthan
. However, as there were no worshippers there, they were brought here and installed in this temple. The idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev 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 Ludhiana Teerth
The temple of Shri Ludhiana Teerth shelters the idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev. The Swetambara
temple has been brilliantly decorated with intricate artistic designs that enhance the look of the temple. The creative works of the craftsmen depicts their skills. The walls and pillars of the temple are adorned with specimens of ancient art and paintings. The idol of the Lord is 125 cm in height and is white in colour. It is seated in a padmasana
posture. The idols have been beautifully carved from a single stone and look very appealing. The divine face of the Lord looks very calm and serene. Apart from this there are also idols of Lord Shantinath
installed on the right of Lord Aadinath and Lord Sambhavnath
on the left side. The idols are made of white marble and look stunning. Apart from this there are many other idols here like Mata Chakreshwari Devi, Sh. Gomukh Dev Ji, Sh. Guru Gautam Swami, Sh. Manibhadra Veer, Sh. Vijayanand Suri Ji Maharaj, Sh. Vijay Vallabh Suri Ji Maharaj and Dada-Guru Sh. Jinn-Chandra Suri Ji Maharaj. There are also many other idols installed in the temple made of metal like siddhchakra, ashta mangala, bees sthanak and yantra. The foot images of Dada-Guru Jinn-Dutt Suri Ji Maharaj can also be seen here. They are made of marble and look beautiful. Idols of Shri Simandhar Swami and Shri Pundrik Swami alongside the idol of Shri Gautam Swami can also be seen in the temple. An idol of Mata Padmawati
made of metal is also worth seeing. A few years back, idols of Lord Parshvanatha and Sh. Chandraprabh Swami
were also installed in the moolghabara. The idols are about 25 cms are height and are made of white marble. On the ground floor of the temple a 'Guru Mandir' is there that houses the idol of Shri Vijayanand Suri Ji Maharaj. It was installed at the auspicious hands of revered hands of Acharya Nityanand Suri Ji Maharaj on 15th April, 2000 i.e. Vaishakh Vadi 1, Saturday of Vikram Samvat Era 2058. Every morning Snatra Pooja is conducted in the temple. The ceiling of the temple is embellished with attractive glass work. These depict the beautiful inscriptions of the incidents from Jain mythology. The outer walls of the moolgabhara are decorated with coloured inscriptions of Shatrunjay Teerth and Sammed Shikharji
Teerth. The huge door of the moolgabhara has been gorgeously silver-plated.
The Temple of Sri Ludhiana 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 bus stand, railway station and airport is located Ludhiana.