(Last Updated on : 13/06/2012)
Shri Vadnagar Teerth located in Gujarat
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in the town Vadnagar
on a small hill. The temple is dedicated to Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
, the first Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Vadnagar Teerth
According to history Shri Vadnagar Teerth dates back to the ancient times. Earlier the town of Vadnagar was known by the names Anandpur or Vrudhhnagar. As per reference the town was earlier very rich and prosperous. Many old wells and forts have been found here. For the first time in 523 of Vikram Samvat Era
Pavitra Agam Kalpa Sutra
was read before sravakas here. King Kumarpala built a fort around Vadnagar. The idol of Lord Rishabh Dev 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 Vadnagar Teerth
The temple of Shri Vadnagar Teerth houses the idol of Lord Rishabh Dev. The Swetambara
temple has been magnificently decorated with intricate artistic designs. The creative temple work boast about the skills of the craftsmen. The walls of the temple have been beautifully designed with ancient 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. Apart from this there are four other temples in Vadnagar that houses many Jain idols.
The Temple of Shri Vadnagar 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 Vadnagar. The nearest railway station is located at Mehsana
is at a distance of 35 kilometre. The closest airport is located at Ahmedabad
. This sacred place is located 35 km from the chief cities of Mahudi and Taranga.