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Shri Nageshvar Tirth

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Mulnayak: Nearly 420 cms, high, green - colored idol of Bhagawan Parshvanath in the Padmasana posture. Over the head of Bhagawan, there is an umbrella of seven hoods. The total height with hoods is 14 ft. The height of God’s body excluding the hoods is thirteen and a half ft. The actual height of Bhagawan was of nine hands.

Tirth: It is on the river bank near the Unhel village and at the height of a thousand ft. from the sea - level.

Historicity: The idol installed in this temple is nearly 2802 years old. It is made of emeralds. Such a large idol of emeralds could only be possible thousands of years ago. Only a direct observer can make the thirteen and a half ft. high idol of the body of Bhagawan Pashvanath with this real color and shape in the Padmasana posture. This idol was formerly installed in the golden temple in the city of Ahichchhatra. Idol - specialists and sculptors are of the opinion that such an idol of granite sand - stone could be made only two thousand years ago. On the foot, stood special marks of lotus - leaves, deer, lions, the dharmachakra etc. are carved. They are of the Mathura style of more than eleven hundred years old. According to sculpturists, Octagonal pinnacles of temples posterior to the eleventh century of the Vikram era, are not found anywhere. It is said that in greed of gems, a king went to take the idol of God. The presiding deity took the form of a snake and stung the king. An ascetic Jain Acharya heard of this and by virtue of his penance, he called Dharanendradev and asked him to make the idol stony so that a greedy man may not break the idol and people can benefit by worshipping it. The idol then became stony. This tirth was developed by His Holiness Upadhayay Shri Dharmasagarji Maharaji. Nearly 30 years ago, he came to know that the idol known as ‘Nagbaba’ in the unhel village of Rajasthan was in fact an ancient Jain Swetamber idol of Bhagawan Nageshvar Parshvanath. He awakened the Jain sangha by his impressive instructions and inspired it to renovate the temple and reinstall the idol. Since the year 1970 of the Vikram era, the temple is under complete ownership of Jains. The Pujaribaba of that place struggled for 18 years for its ownership. All the credit for the success goes to bright intelligence, hard efforts, generosity, devotion and oratory of Shri Abhaysagarji Maharaj Saheb. Many rich merchants also extended their praiseworthy co-operation towards the development of the tirth. On the tenth day of dark half of the month of Vaishkh i.e. 30-5-1975, the idol of Nageshvar Parshvanath was reinstalled and made suitable for worship.

Other Temples: There is also a Dadwadi of Khusalsuriji, In it, there is a standing idol of five and a half ft. It is matchless in India. A splendid Dadwadi of Rajendra surishvarji is under construction in full swing.

Works of art and Sculpture: Nowhere in India there is such a wonderful, delightful, splendid, large and beautiful, idol of Bhagawan Nageshvar Parshvanath. Bhagawan seems to be standing in the Kausagga posture. On both sides of Mulanayak there are idols of Shantinath and Mahavir Swami in the Kausagga posture. They are made of grey stone. The idol has a loin - cloth, a waist - band and a hallow. Though the idol is so large, it stands on its feet in a natural and balanced posture. This is a puzzle even for skilled artists. The border of the hellow is beautifu, artistic and minutely made. It is a wonderful work of sculpture. Since years a snake lives in the niche in the stone wall behind the hoods on the head of the idol. Sometimes, it appears to the fortunate devotees in a white or catechu color. On both sides near the feet of Mulanayak there are 37 inches high idols of gods with chamars (Fly-drivers). The idols are so brilliant that they reflect lighted lamps. The eyes are so artistically made that wherever a devotee is standing, he thinks that God is showering his favour on him. This sacred tirth is surely worth visiting.

Guidelines: This temple in the Unhel village near the Vikramgadh Alot Station between Nagada Junction station and Shamagadh beyond the Ratlam Junction station on the Delhi - Bomay line of the western railway. The Nageshvar tirth is at a distance of 8 kilometers and from Vikramgadh Alot. The roads are smooth. The Deharadun Express, the Ferojpur Express, the Janta Express, the Mathura - Vadadora Local , Parcel trains and the Avadh Express halt here. There is a provision for jeeps and mini - buses at the tirth pedhi. They are sent on order. boarding and lodging provisions are also very good.

Trust: Shri Nageshvar, Parshvanath Tirth, Pedhi, Unhel, Station : Chowmala Dist. : Zalawad, State : Rajasthan, India.

Bhagawan Parshvanath


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