(Last Updated on : 07/07/2012)
Shri Vaktapur Teerth located in Gujarat
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in on the Himmatnagar Idar highway. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha
, the twenty-third Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Vaktapur Teerth
The history of Shri Vaktapur Teerth suggests that it is a very ancient teerth. It is believed that Shrimad Vijayanandaghanasuri Maharaj Saheb had envisaged the plan of setting up of a small teerth for the sages as well as the Jain community. He wished to establish it within 30 kilometers near Himmatnagar and Idar on the Ambaji state highway. Thus it was under his inspiration that the idea of developing a small teerth was materialized. However, later the small teerth was developed into a big one. His holiness Acharyadev Yogadivakar Vijayadasurisvarji, the prime disciple of Shrimad Vijaybhvansurisvarji Maharaj Saheb, established Shree Parshvapadmavati Jain teerth here. They also installed the idol of lord Parshvanatha in the temple. Apart from the main idol other idols of Nakoda Bhairavji and Shri Manibhadravir were also installed. Besides, there is also a Gurumandir of Mandevsuri who is credited with composing the Jain stotra of Laghu Shanti. The idol of Lord Parshvanatha is believed to possess miraculous powers. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees 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.
Temple of Shri Vaktapur Teerth
The temple of Shri Vaktapur Teerth houses the deity of Bhagwan Chintamani Parshvanatha. It has been brilliantly decorated with intricate artistic designs that enhance the look of the temple. The creative works of the craftsmen depicts their skills. The walls and pillars of the temple are adorned with specimens of ancient art and paintings. The idol of the Lord is 52 cm in height and is white in colour. It is seated in padmasana
posture. The idol has been carved out of a single stone and looks stunning. The divine face of the Lord looks very calm and serene. Apart from this there is also a small pinnacle temple dedicated to Padmavati
Devi in the vicinity. There is also another temple in the village Vaktapur.
The Temple of Sri Vaktapur 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 for the pilgrims. The teerth being situated amidst beautiful natural surroundings of the village attracts 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. The nearest railway station is located at Himmatnagar at a distance of 20 kilometers. The nearest town is at Vaktapur.