Jain Derasar

Jain Derasar

Situated on the first plateau of Mount Girnar at the height of about 3000 steps, these temples of Jainism have marvelous carvings in marble, which can be compared to those of Delwada near Mount Abu. Junagadh city also has a small Jain Derasar in Jagmal Chowk near Uparkot Fort.

The first peak (tunk) has beautifully carved and sculptured marble shrines; most beautifully situated group of Jain temples in India. This group of temples is also unique in that both the Digambar and Shwetambar have temples on its hills and it been an important religious place for Jains since the 3rd century. The Neminath Temple here, built during 1128 AD to 1159 AD, is one of the main attractions for Jains. The temple complex has quadrangle courtyards, corridors and other shrines. The pillars are adorned with intricate carvings of Jain Tirthankars. Nearby Mallinath Temple was built by the brothers Vastupal and Tejapala

The Rishabhadev Temple, also situated in the same visinity, is in golden color. It is dedicated to 24 Tirthankars of Jain religion. Another Jain temple in the region is the Parshwanath Temple. It was built in the 15th century and is also known as Meravasi.The idol of Bhagwan Neminatha here is the oldest idol in the World, which is 84,785 years old. Though the temple was built here by Vastupaal and Tejpaal during 1128 AD to 1159 AD, the idol existed here long back. Girnar Tirth is also called as Raivatgiri.

Jain Tirth - Ajahara Parshwanath Temple, Delvada,somnath gir

Situated on the Una-Diu road in the outskirts of village Anjar at Delvada, nearly 46 cms. high, saffron - colored idol of 23rd Jain Tirthankar Bhagawan Shri Parshavanath in the Padmasana posture, this tirth is also known as Ajahara Parshwanath Tirth. It is one of 108 Parshwanath temple across the country.

The history of this temple is not noteworthy. But there are evidences to show that it was renovated in the year 1734 of the Vikram era. This temple, it is believed, belongs to the Ajahara group of five tirths.

It is difficult to infer the antiquity of this idol. The disease of King Ajaypal was cured by water used in bathing this idol. He, therefore, settled this village, and got the idol formally installed in the temple. Hundreds of ancient stepped-wells are present here. A bell found here bears the carvings. ‘Shri Ajahara Parshvanath, the year 1034 of the Vikram era, Raichand Jechand Shah’. This proves that this is a very ancient place which was prosperous, The water used in bathing the idol, cured the disease (ajar) of the king. devotees, therefore, know Bhagawan by the name of Ajahara Parshwnath. Even today, many diseases of faithful devotees are cured by the water used in bathing the idol and miracles happen. The water used in bathing the idol is regarded by Jains and non-Jains an nectar. In the present times fair are held here every year on the fifteenth day of the bright half of the month of Kartak, on the fifteenth day of the bright half of the month a Chaitra and on the tenth day of the dark half of the month of Magsar.

Una, the nearest railway station is at a distance of five kilometers and Delvada is at a distance of two and a half kilometers. There are good roads from Una and Delvada. Buses and cars can easily go to the temple. Also, there are dharmashalas and bhojanashalas.

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