(Last Updated on : 21/06/2012)
Shri Nana Teerth located in Rajasthan
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. It is situated in the center of the Nana village. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira
, the twenty-fourth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Nana Teerth
According to history Shri Nana Teerth dates back to the ancient period. It is said that the teerth is a part of the group of five teerths of Bamanvada. As per reference its origin is believed to belong to a period prior to the twelfth century. It belonged to the times of Lord Mahavira. It is said that this teerth kshetra was earlier a very rich and prosperous city and was resided by many people. An inscription can be seen on the idol of the Lord that is of the year 1505 of the Vikram Samvat Era
. This is the place of origin of the Nayak gachchha. 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 Nana Teerth
The temple of Shri Nana Teerth houses the idol of Bhagwan Jivit Mahavira Swami. 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 artistic arch around the idol is worth seeing. A stone painting of the ancient Nandishvardvip can also be seen here adorning the beauty of the temple. An inscription of the year 1274 of the Vikram Era has been carved on the painting. The idol of the Lord is 120 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.
The Temple of Shri Nana Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. Every year on the sixth day of the dark half of the month of Vaishakha, a flag is hoisted here. 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 is located at Mandor. The nearest railway station and airport is located at Jodhpur
at a distance of 8 km. The chief city of Pali
is located at a distance of 75 km from this teerth kshetra.