(Last Updated on : 05/07/2012)
Sri Khima Teerth located in Gujarat
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in the center of the village of Khima near Deesa
railway station. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha
, the twenty-third Jain Tirthankara.
History of Sri Khima Teerth
As per the historical records Sri Khima Teerth dates back to the ancient times. According to the story of this place this holy teerth was once repaired and renovated by Maharaja Kumarpala. For this reason this place holds great importance. 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 Sri Khima Teerth
The temple of Sri Khima Teerth housing the idol of Lord Parshvanatha 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 51 cm in height and is white in colour. It is seated in a 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.
The Temple of Sri Khima 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 Khima.