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Shri Khambhat Tirth

In the Indian state, Gujarat, there is a Jain pilgrimage center in Khambat called the Khambhat Teerth. This holy pilgrimage is nestled in Kharvada Mohalla, a popular city of Khambhat. It is said that this temple was built to pay homage to Parshvanatha Lord, who was the 23rd Tirthankara of Jain religion.

History

As per the old sayings, Khambhata Teerth, ages back to medieval times. Initially this port city was acknowledged by the name of Trambavatinagari. This region is linked to numerous remarkable legends and incidents. There are many legend which took place at times of Lord Mahavira. According to the reference, numerous conventional idols were unearthed from this region. But these idols couldn’t be viewed for numerous years. Following many years in 1111, which was the Vikram Samvat era, there was a Navangi observer called Shri Abhayadevasurishvaraji, who by his divine and religious inspirations and practices pleased other people. Infact the people surrendered themselves to him. As per some sayings, in 1165 which was again era of Vikram Samvat, there was one lady Bidada, the spouse of Khela Sheth who belonged to Modh family. She commanded for the establishment of temple for Shri Stambhana Parshvanatha. Infact during those times, one could see flags of 64 ports flapping there. Numerous Shershthis donate towards the prosperity and development of this port city.

After some years Shri Sangha again established the entire temple in 1650. Even after the establishment the temple has been repaired and renovated many times. Under supreme guidance of Lord Shri Vijayanemisurishvaraji Maharaj this holy structure was renovated for the last time in 1984. According to one more reference, it is said that Acharya, Kalikalasarvajna Hemchandracharya Maharaj started the monkhood here. Jainism was spread far off places by Udayana. Infact poet Rishabhadasa was also born here.

Temple

The holy structure of Khambhata Teerth even embraces the prominent idol of Shri Stambhana Parshvanatha Bhagavan. Exquisitely decorated with exceptional artistic designs, this temple stands magnificently as one impeccable piece of art which speaks of the craftsmen’s skills. The idol present in this temple is of dense blue in its colour with 23 cm as its height. This idol rests in padmasana posture.

This idol has a rich history which is inscribed in golden letters in old scriptures. Besides the main temple, you can find another 64 temples which are dedicated to Jain religion.

One can also see Shri Hemachandracharya’s  Smrutimandir here. As per the history, lord Abhayadevasurishvarajiat one time was experiencing some disease but he got freedom from this disease, the moment he put some bathing water of the statue on his body parts.

The holy structure of Khambhata Teerth conducts numerous festivals and gatherings round the year. Numerous provisions are made for the pilgrims staying in the rest houses and dharamshalas who visit this temple. All the rest houses are equipped with contemporary facilities. The temple is well linked to air, road and rail. Infact taxis and buses are also available for this temple.

Speciality of the Tirth

As per a story, the entire body of Shri Abhaydevsuriji was inflicted with some disease. This disease got cured when he put the holy water during bath on his statue. History of this region is honourable and ancient. Initiating his education here, Kalikal sarvagya Shri Hemchandracharya vowed his deeksha here. Lord Udayan, who was the minister in King Kumarpal’s cabinet set up the Udayanvasahi temple that belonged to this region. In 1277, Dandnayak of the city, got numerous sacred books written on Talpatri. Numerous Acharyas like Shri Vijaysensuriji, Shri Somsundarsuriji and Jagatguru Shri Heervijaysuriji set of many temples and wrote plethora of sacred books here. Some rich shravaks like Shreshthi Ramji, Shri Gandhikunwarji, Sanghvi Udaykaran and Soni Tejpal also established many temples here. Some great donors like Parvat, Shrirai, Raija, Seth Vajia also stepped forward and established many kitchens and rest rooms here during the draught situations. Author of the Raas Granth, who is called Shri Rishabdasji, a great poet inscribed his numerous books here. The annual day of this particular holy structure is celebrated with great pomp and show on Falgun Shukla Tritiya each year.

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