(Last Updated on : 13/06/2012)
Shri Valam Teerth located in Gujarat
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in the middle of Valam Village. The temple is dedicated to Lord Neminatha
, the twenty-second Jain Tirthankara.
History of Shri Valam Teerth
According to history Shri Valam Teerth dates back to the ancient times. It is said that in ancient times, three idols were got installed by Shravak Ashadhi. The idol of Lord Neminath is one of those three idols. As per reference the place was earlier very rich and prosperous. Many ruins of the temple and idols found here as well as the artistry of the image of Lord Neminath stand as a proof of the antiquity of this place. It also depicts that this was a very ancient sacred place. It is difficult to find such ancient and beautiful idols elsewhere. The idol of Lord Neminath 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 Valam Teerth
The temple of Shri Valam Teerth houses the idol Lord Neminatha. The 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 almost 90 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.
The Temple of Shri Valam Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. Every year on the sixth day of the bright half of the month of Vaishakh the inauguration day of the temple is celebrated. 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. A beautiful garden is located in the vicinity of the Temple. 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 Visanagar. The closest airport is located at Ahmedabad