(Last Updated on : 20/06/2012)
Shri Nadlai Teerth located in Rajasthan
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. It is situated in beautiful location between two hills near village Nadlai. The temple is dedicated to Lord Neminath
, Twenty-Second Tirthankara.
History of Shri Nadlai Teerth
According to history Shri Nadlai Teerth dates back to the ancient times. Earlier the teerth kshetra was named as Naradpuri or Nadulai. As per reference the city was established by Narad Muni. It was once a very rich and prosperous city and was resided by many people. The ruins of temples and idols scattered here prove the antiquity of the place. The temple was built by King King Pradyumna, the son of Lord Krishna
. He had also installed the beautiful idol of Shri Neminath Bhagvan on a hill. This hill is known as Yadav Tekri. Apart from this there is another hill known as Shatrunjaygiri. It is located opposite of Yadav Tekri hill. A magnificent huge temple of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
has been constructed on that hill.
The idol of Lord Neminath 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 Nadlai Teerth
The temple of Shri Nadlai Teerth houses the idol of Lord Neminath. 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 black 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 this Shri Yashosuriswarji and Kesavsuriji were two learned sages here who went to heavenly abode from this place. Two superb stupas have been built in their memory that can be seen here.
The Temple of Shri Nadlai 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. Being located amidst the hills the teertha is surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings. The temple is enclosed by scenic beauty that mesmerises and fascinates the pilgrims. The calm and tranquil environment and the 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 Nadlai and Ghanerao. The nearest railway station is located at Falna at a distance of 45 kms. The nearest airport is located at Udaipur
. The chief city of Muchhala Mahavira is located at 16 km and the Ghanerao is located at 13 kms.