(Last Updated on : 13/06/2012)
Shri Vadali Teerth located in Gujarat
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is located in the centre of the Vadali village. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha
, the twenty-fourth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Vadali Teerth
According to history Shri Vadali Teerth dates back to the ancient times. Earlier this teerth kshetra was known by the name Valapalli. The temple of Lord Parshvanath is believed to belong to a period prior to the twelfth century and is almost 800 years old. The idol of the lord is associated with many miracles and legends. As per a legend once nectar was oozing out profusely of this idol. Thus the devotees call the idol Amizara Parshvanatha. The Vatapalli gachchha was written here. A mention of the Vatapalli gachchha can be found on an idol of the Nanasheha village in Marwas. The Acharya of Vatapalli gachchha performed many works religious at different places. These works hold a great religious significance.
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 Vadali Teerth
The temple of Shri Vadali Teerth houses the idol of Bhagawan Amizara Parshvanatha. The Swetambara
temple has been magnificently decorated with intricate artistic designs. The creative temple work boast about the skills of the craftsmen. The idol of the Lord is 90 cm in height and is black in colour. It is seated in a padmasana posture. 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 there is an impressive temple of Lord Shantinath
. The temple also houses 52 other idols in it. There is also a splendid temple of Bhagawan Rishabh Dev
. It is believed that both these temples belong to a period prior to the twelfth century.
The Temple of Shri Vadali 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 temple being located in a village is enclosed by scenic beauty that enthrals 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 Vadali and Khedbrahma The nearest railway station is located at Vadali is at a distance of 1 kilometre. The closest airport is located at Ahmedabad
. This sacred place is on the Ahmedbad - Khedbrahama road at a distance of 14 Kilometres from the temple of Idar and 44 Kilometers from the chief city of Himatnagar.