(Last Updated on : 05/07/2012)
Shri Nani Khakhar Teerth located in Gujarat
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth is situated in the Nani Khakhar Village of the Mandvi Taluka. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha
, the twenty-third Jain Tirthankara.
Temple of Shri Nani Khakhar Teerth
As per the historical records Shri Nani Khakhar Teerth dates back to the ancient times. The temple is almost hundred years old and has a vast compound. The artistry and the sculptural work of the temple are outstanding. It has been magnificently decorated with intricate artistic designs. This teerth belongs to the small group of five teerths. The creative temple work boast about the skills of the craftsmen. The walls and pillars of the temple have been adorned with specimens of ancient art and paintings. The idol of Bhagawan Chintamani Parshvanatha is seated in padmasana
posture. The idol of the Lord is flanked by the images of Lord Padmaprabha
, the sixth Jain Tirthanka to the right and the eight Jain Tirthankara Lord Chandraprabha
to the left. The idol of Lord Parshvanatha 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. Apart from the idols there is also an old library located here in the compound. It has many ancient books and manuscripts.
The Temple of Shri Nani 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 that are well equipped with all modern facilities. There are also facilities for Upashrays, Ayambilshala and Jnanabhandar. The temple is surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings that attract 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 and also for meditation. The kshetra is well connected to road, rail and air. Taxi services and bus services are easily available here. In the Taluka of Mandvi, this Nani Khakhar teerth is at a distance of seven kilometers from the Moti Khakhar teerth.