(Last Updated on : 22/06/2012)
Sri Vatera Teerth located in Rajasthan
is a Jain pilgrimage centre. The teerth kshetra is situated in the Vatera village. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shantinath
, Sixteenth Jain Tirthankara.
History of Sri Vatera Teerth
According to history Sri Vatera Teerth dates back to the ancient period. As per reference the teerth kshetra is believed to belong to a period earlier than the twelfth century. An inscription has been found on the seat of the Lord that dates to the year 1171 of the Vikram Samvat Era
. According to the inscription the main idol of the temple was Lord Mahavira
. However, during a renovation of the temple the idol of Lord Shantinath was installed here. Since its construction the temple has been repaired and renovated several times. The last renovation of the temple was accomplished in the year 2022 of the Vikram Samvat Era. The idol was installed at the auspicious hands of Vijayjinendrasurisvarji. 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 Vatera Teerth
The temple of Sri Vatera Teerth houses the idol of Lord Shantinath. The temple located in a small compound 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 idol of the Lord is white in colour and 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 Sri Vatera Teerth organises many annual gatherings and functions. Every year a flag is hoisted on the temple on the third day of the bright half of the month of Jeth. 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 teerth is situated amidst beautiful natural surroundings. Being located on the hill 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 railway station from this teerth kshetra is located at Sarupaganj which is at a distance of 8 kilometers.