(Last Updated on : 02/07/2012)
Sri Varman Teerth located in Rajasthan
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in a small hill outside the Varman village. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira
, the twenty-fourth Jain Tirthankara
History of Sri Varman Teerth
As per the historical records, Sri Varman Teerth dates back to the ancient times. According to records the teerth was earlier a rich and prosperous city and was resided by many people. Many ruins, ancient vav (stepped well) and wells have been found here that state the antiquity of the place. An inscription has been found here that states the temple has been constructed by a rich merchant Punig and others in the year 1242. The pendal was built in the year 1446 of the Vikram Samvat Era
. The inscription thus proves that the temple belongs to a period prior to the twelfth century. Varman Teerth is also regarded as the place of origin of the Brahman gachchha. The idol of Lord Parshvanatha 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 Varman Teerth
The temple of Sri Varman Teerth houses the idol of Lord Mahavira. The sculptural work of the temple and the intricate designs stands as a unique specimen of ancient art. The walls and the pillars of the temple are adorned with beautiful paintings and artistic designs. Even the ceiling and the domes of the temple have been tastefully decorated. The splendid temple work boast about the artistic skills of the craftsmen. The idol of the Lord is 140 cms cm in height and is white in colour. 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 two beautiful idols of Lord Parshvanatha
in the Kausagga posture. Besides these the attractive idols of Goddess Lakshmi
Devi and Ambika
Devi and many other idols can also be seen here. These idols have also been carved elegantly and are worth seeing.
The Temple of Sri Varman Teerth organizes many annual gatherings and functions that are celebrated with much enthusiasm. Every year a fair is held here on the thirteenth day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra
. 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. The teerth being situated in the midst of beautiful natural surroundings attracts many pilgrims. The scenic beauty and the calm and tranquil environment mesmerize and fascinate the pilgrims. The teerth kshetra is a perfect place for religious activities. It is well connected to road, rail and air. Taxi services and bus services are easily available here. The nearest bus stand is located at Revdar. The nearest railway station is located at Abu Road at a distance of 48 kms. The closest airport is situated in Ahmedabad
. The nearest village of Mandar is located at a distance 10 kilometers and the Jirawala teerth
is at a distance of 5 kilometers.