Thursday, February 9, 2012

SHRI PARSHWANATH DERASAR, DUVA

SHRI PARSHWANATH DERASAR, DUVA

The Duva Jain temple in the district of Tharad, 50 kms from Deesa. It is one of the older places of worship for Jains. This temple has a 2300-year old idol of Padmaprabhu Swami.



It is said that Surpal Shravak, born in 800 BC to Bhattimata in the village of Duva, acquired sainthood by taking Diksha at the tender age of seven. Amazingly, he acquired Acharyapad when he was just eleven years old. Due to his religious achievements, the highly prosperous city of Duva also became a center of great religious activities, even receiving the status of a Dharmabhumi.

In 2059 VS, a new Jain temple was constructed. In this Jinalay (Jain temple), a 2300 year old, majestic idol of Shri Amijhara Parshwanath Bhagwan has been placed. On the left of this idol is another idol -- that of Shri Sankheshwar Parshwanath Bhagwan and on the right is the idol of Kalikund Parshwanath Bhagwan.



The old Jinalay is situated very near the new Jinalay. From this old Jinalay, there is a tunnel about 50 kms in length leading to Ramsan, and from there to Bhildiyaji. In those days idols were placed in the tunnels for prayers and worship. This was particularly important to protect these precious idols from the attacks of other tribes.

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