History of Sri Sevadi Teerth
According to history Sri Sevadi Teerth dates back to the ancient times. As per reference this was once a rich and a prosperous city that was resided by many people. The city had hundred stepped wells. A huge step well named as Jetal can still be seen here. The teerth kshetra is so ancient that it is believed that if archaeologists undertake excavations here, many historical materials can be found. As per an inscription of 1172 of the Vikram Samvat Era reveals that the at one time the idol of Lord Mahavira was the main idol here. At the time of renovation in the year 2014, the ancient idol of Lord Shantinath was installed here. All the idols in this temple is said to belong to the thirteenth century.
The idol of Lord Shantinath is believed to possess miraculous powers. Thousands of Jains and non Jains 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 Sri Sevadi Teerth
The temple of Sri Sevadi Teerth houses the idol of Lord Shantinath. The Swetambara temple has been magnificently decorated with intricate artistic designs. The creative temple work boast about the skills of the craftsmen. The walls and pillars of the temple are adorned with specimens of ancient art and paintings. The temple has fifty-two other idols that looks very appealing and are worth watching. The gate of the temple has been artistically carved with attractive images of Vidyadevis, Yaksha and Lord Kuber that enhance the beauty of the temple. The idol of the Lord is 127 cm in height and is white 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. Apart from these there are gorgeous idols of Gajalaxmi and of Goddess Saraswati Devi that adorn the temple.
The Temple of Shri Sevadi Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. A flag is hoisted here every year on the third day of the bright half of the month of Phalgun. 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 teertha is situated amidst beautiful natural surroundings. The temple is enclosed by scenic beauty that mesmerises 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 Falna at a distance of 16 kms. The nearest railway station is also located at Falna. The closest airport is located at Udaipur and Ahmedabad. The chief city of Bali is located at a distance of 11 kms from this teerth kshetra.
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