(Last Updated on : 22/06/2012)
Shri Sanchore Teerth located in Rajasthan
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in the heart of the town of Sanchore. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira
, the twenty-fourth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Sanchore Teerth
According to history Shri Sanchore Teerth dates back to the ancient times. As per reference the teerth was earlier very rich and prosperous and was resided by many people. There were almost 130 Jain temples. However, with time all the temples were destroyed and presently only six temples remain. Earlier the town was named as Satyapur or Satyapuri. Sanchore has been the birthplace of the great poet Upadhyaya Shri Samayasundara Maharaj. The idol of the Lord finds its mention in the 'Jagachintamani stotra' that has been composed by Gautamaswami. It belongs to the times of Lord Mahavira and was known by the name Jivantaswami. The temple has also been mentioned in the 'Vividha Tirtha Kalpa' that was written in the 14th century by revered Shri Jinaprabhasuri. It states that in the year 130 of Vikaram Samvat Era
, Shri Nahada Raja had built a huge temple here. He also installed an idol of Lord Mahavira made of gold. However, the idol was later taken to Delhi
by Ala-ud-din Khilji
. Another reference states that a king of Kannauj
had built a wooden temple of Lord Mahavira in the 13th century of the Vikram Samvat Era. An inscription has been found in the temple that mentions that Bhandari Shri Chhada Sheth got the temple of Lord Mahavira repaired and renovated in the year V.S. 1322, on the 13th day of the dark half of Vaishakh. The last renovation of the temple took place in V.S. 1963.
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 Sanchore Teerth
The temple of Shri Sanchore Teerth houses the idol of Lord Mahavira. 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 white in colour and 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 Sanchore 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. The teerth is situated amidst beautiful natural surroundings. Being located on the hill 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. Devotees visiting the temple need to climb almost 250 steps. 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 Sanchore. Bus facility is also available from Jalore
, Bhinnamal, Badmerm and Jodhpur. The nearest railway station is located at Raniwada at a distance of 48 kms. The closest airport is located at Jodhpur