(Last Updated on : 05/07/2012)
Shri Moti Khakhar Teerth located in Gujarat
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth klshetra is situated in the village Moti Khakhar. The temple is dedicated to Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
, the first Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Moti Khakhar Teerth
The history of Shri Moti Khakhar Teerth suggests that Shri Moti Khakhar Teerth is a very ancient teerth. The temple is almost 450 years old. An inscription has been found on a huge stone in the temple that provides information about the installation ceremony of the temple and the idol. According to the inscription the temple was installed on the tenth day of the bright half of the month of Phalgun
in the years 1669 of the Vikram Samvat Era
. This teerth belongs to the small group of five teerths of Kutch Bhuj
. It is believed by the pilgrims visiting the temple from far off places that the idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev possesses miraculous powers. 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 Moti Khakhar Teerth
The temple of Shri Moti Khakhar Teerth housing the deity of Lord Adinath has been made elegantly. It has been brilliantly decorated with intricate designs. The creative temple work depicts the artistic skills of the craftsmen. The walls and pillars of the temple have also been adorned with specimens of ancient art and paintings. The stone inscriptions of the temple provide valuable information to scholars and archaeologists.
The idol of the Lord is seated in a padmasana
posture. The idol has been beautifully carved from a single stone and looks very beautiful. The smiling face of the Lord looks very calm and serene. Apart from the temple there is also a library located here that has many priceless books and ancient manuscripts.
The Temple of Shri Moti Khakhar Teerth organizes many annual gatherings and functions that are celebrated with much enthusiasm. 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 Moti Khakhar at a distance of 9 kilometers from the teerth of Bhujpur.