(Last Updated on : 15/06/2012)
Shri Uvasaggaraharam Teerth located in Chhattisgarh
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated near Nagpura on Shivnath River. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha
, the twenty-fourth Jain Tirthankara.
History Shri Uvasaggaraharam Teerth
According to history Shri Uvasaggaraharam Teerth dates back to the ancient times. It is associated with many miracles and legends. As per a legend a well was being dug by a Shravak. When he had dug almost 44 feet, it got filled up with milk. He then kept on digging the well to uncover the mystery behind it. The Shravak then discovered an idol of Lord Parshvanatha. It was surrounded by live snakes. Bhuvansinh, the owner of the land, from where the idol was discovered, handed the idol to the Jain leaders. Later a beautiful temple was built and the idol of the Lord was installed in it. When the foundation stone of this temple was being laid, a stream of milk shot forth in the presence of Sadhus. As per reference the idol was worshiped by the famous Pradeshi Raja. It is said that the idol was also worshiped by King Dharnendra in Swargalok. The idol of Lord Parshvanatha is believed to possess miraculous powers. Devotees 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 Uvasaggaraharam Teerth
The temple of Shri Uvasaggaraharam Teerth houses the idol of Lord Parshvanatha. 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. The idol of the Lord is 114 cm in height and 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 the teerth kshetra also has a replica of the Shetrunjaya teerth, Shri Uvasuggahar Stotra Mandir, Shri Siddhachakra temple etc. A beautiful idol of Shri Manibhadra Vir can be seen here. This place is also known for Manibhadravir's miracles.
The Temple of Shri Uvasaggaraharam 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 teertha is situated on beautiful natural surroundings on Shivnath River. 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 and railway station is located at Durg
at a distance of 24 kms. The nearest airport is located at Raipur
at a distance of 50 kms.