SHRI PARSHWANATH DERASAR, RUNI
This pilgrimage centre of the Jains is situated at Kakrej in the Bansakantha district.
There is an idol of Prabhu Parshwanath installed in the derasar, which idol originally belonged to a Muslim gentleman. An ardent devotee, Meghasha was instructed by a Yaksh in his dream to buy this idol (Pratima) from the Muslim gentleman. Following these instructions, Meghasha acquired the idol. While returning to his hometown Nagarparkar from Patan, he stopped for a night on the banks of the river Banas. He installed this idol at the river bank and performed 'pooja' as a daily ritual.
It is said that the villagers residing on the river bank saw a miraculous sight. There were foot prints at the place where the Pratima had been temporarily installed. With great faith and devotion the villagers made a small temple on the river bank in Anandpur village, and installed those foot prints in that temple.
From that day on the villagers started worshipping those footprints in the temple. Many years later, in V.S. 1997, on the day of Shravan Vad Chauth, the whole village was inundated with heavy rain and the small temple and footprints were washed away. The villagers were very upset, but when they saw lighted diyas floating in the water they forgot their distress. Awestruck by the miracle they had witnessed, they prayed fervently to Shri Parshwanath Bhagwan to reinstall his footprints in the village. Soon after, Laherchand Seth living in Bhadrevadi village got a dream, in which the Adishtayak Dev of Parshwanath Bhagwan gave him instructions regarding the location of the footprints lying in the water. Following the instructions, the footprints were located and a small temporary temple was built to house them.
All the Jain sanghs from the neighbouring villages wanted to have the footprints installed in their village. To solve the problem, chits were drawn and the decision was made to install them in Runi.
From that day on, the villagers of Runi prospered and peace and happiness prevailed in the village. Credit for this was attributed to Shri Parshwanath Bhagwan.
It is believed that Amijharna (tears of love) are often seen falling from the eyes of Parshwanath Bhagwan and Padmavati Mata.