(The Almost Complete) History of Bheru Tarak Tirth, Rajasthan

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Bheru Tarak Dham (A Jain Temple)

Co-ordinates: –  24°36’57″N   72°40’28″E

The Bheru Tarak Dham is established in the valley of Nandgiri, the Arbudh as described in the ancient Indian literature. The whole valley represents a good settlement of Ashramas of Rishi Munis. From this valley the hilly track goes to Nakki Lake of Mount Abu. This track was used by Colonel Tod, the first european to visit Mt. Abu. This ancient track was the main source of supply of house hold goods to the inhabitants of Mount Abu. All the saints and religious tourists and the kings of various states of Rajputanas used this track for going to Abu. There were circuit houses of all the states of rajputana at Anadara, This was one of the old municipality of the rajputana established in 1868.

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The rajwada road (road of the kings) was built and the traffic moved from this road to mount Abu, but the importance of Anadara valley was not reduced. Looking to the importance of this pious place, Sanghvi Tara Chand Mohan Lal and Lalit, sons of Smt. Sunder ben and Bhaimal Ji of Malgaon constructed a beautiful temple on a high pedestal. The inspiration to built this temple was given by the Jain Saint Acharya Gun Ratna Suri.

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The temple is built of while marble dedicated to Shahastra Fana (one thousand hoods of serpent) of Parshavnath. The campus is having Dharmshala, BhojanShala and having all facilities for a religious tourists. A bus is operated from this place to Nakoda Tirth in Barmer district.

Just before you leave this place just take a look at the magnificent Entrance which was made recently with details which would mesmerize you.

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(The Almost Complete) History of Shri Jirawala Parshwanath Tirth

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Rajasthan, a beautiful land of kings, just when you thought you had seen everything you discover something new, something you have never seen, felt or experienced before.

The temple I am about to describe lies near a village named Jirawala. This small town is located just 48 kms from Abu Road station. The temple is named Shri Jirawala Parshwanath Jain Tirth.

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Shri Jirawala Jain Tirth

According to history the Temple dates back to ancient times. During ancient times the town was known by many names, Jiravalli, Jirapalli, Jurikavalli, Jairapalli and many more. The area in which the temple now stands (Tirth Kshetra) is associated to many legends.

One of the legends say that Seth Amarasha of Kodinagar and Acharya Devsurishvarji (a.k.a. Shri Devasurivara), on the same day saw in their dream that there lays an idol of Lord Parshvanath near the foot of Jayraj Hill. Following thier dream both found out the place and excavated the area. There they found the Idol of Lord Parshvanath lying in the ground. This statue of Shri Parshvanath was 18 cm high sitting in Padmasana position.They took out the Idol and a magnificent temple was built in that place.

Shri Jiraval Parshvanath

Hence under the guidance of Devsurishvarji a temple was built in 331 Vikram Samvnt Era  (Which is approximately 389 B.C.; Source – Wikipedia); and the idol was installed by Shri Devsurishvarji himself. Then in the surrounding of the temple 108 idols of shri Parshvanath were installed

As you can see in the photos a complete renovation of the Temple was underway and the Mulnayak (main idol) and other 108 idols was shifted inside a small room temporarily.

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The temple pillars and walls are carved with intricate designs by the hands of skilled labours. Some of the pillars and walls also display ancient works of art.

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I did manage to grab some shots of the workers working on the intricate carvings trying to make this place better and wonderful

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Apart from the temple the place consists of a Dharamshala, for larger group of pilgrims which is also located in the shade of a mountain. This provides a calm environment for Jain scholars as well as priests to learn and rest.

You can also find this place on Google Maps

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(The Almost Complete) History and Architecture of Ancient Sri Ram Temple, Tulsibaug, Pune

This post originally appeared on My Yatra Diary; written / photography by Arti

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Pune is not only about blooming IT companies, growing urban concrete and flashy glass structures – but a lot more about a distinct culture and unique traditions that it lovingly keeps in its heart. As a cherished treasure. Something I realized during my recent visit to the ancient Shree Ram temple in Tulsibaug…
The verandah to the ancient Shree Ram Temple, Tulsibaug, Pune, Maharashtra
Come, let’s visit Tulsibaug.
Built by Jivajipant Khasgiwale in 18th century, Tulsibaug, with its array of shops splattered all around and a few heritage temples, is both a commercial hub as well a cultural hub – with a ‘vintage’ feel. At that time when it was so named, the place used to be a flourishing garden filled with the fragrance of basil. Today, however, it’s a contrast… a stony mosaic, of nondescript buildings, habitual shops and half-insulated-half-naked copper wires dangling loosely – such that you could as well pass this off as any other gully from a city like say, Mathura. Not just that, the uncanny resemblance also stems from the high quotient of antiquity that whirls in its environs.
Amid the chaos of shops and buzzing people, I am struck by the tantalizing aroma of freshly cooked traditional Maharashtrian delicacy Pohe wafting in the air one minute followed by the sight of its highly acclaimed envoy Lord Ganpati greeting me from the window of a pandal (residential tent) the other.
Tulsibaug sarvajanik ganesh utsav mandal trust, Pune
Tulsibaug Ganpati greets the visitors in one of the lanes.
A few more miles and a small gate, in blue frame appears with a clear signpost tacked above it – it says, Shree Ram temple, Tulsibaug.
Entrance gateway to ancient Shree Ram Temple, Tulsibaug, Pune, Maharashtra
Entrance to Shree Ram temple, Tulsibaug.
Inside the gate is a narrow verandah wrapped in dilapidated structures, revealing broken wooden doors and windows both thrown open as well as closed. The verandah passes through a two storied ‘Nagarkhana’, which was built by Shrimant Madhavrao Peshwa after he won the battle of Kharde. The Nagarkhana is a musical complex housing a traditional musical instrument called Chaughada which comes alive with its beats on festive occasions, a tradition carried on since the times of its inception.
Musical Naagarkhana at the Shree Ram Temple, Tulsibaug, Pune, Maharashtra
The Nagarkhana breathes in music on festive occasions.
Below the nagarkhana is another modestly arched doorway which opens into the spacious compound of the temple.
Beautiful paintings on the walls of ancient Shree Ram Temple, Tulsibaug, Pune, Maharashtra
Tales from the Ramayana come alive through these paintings on the walls.

As soon as we step in, the 150 feet high conical shikara (spire) of the temple stands out for its grandiosity, beauty and the intricately carved figurines of saints and deities all over it.

Restoration work of Shree Ram Temple, Tulsibaug, Pune, Maharashtra
Behold the majestic and intricately carved conical spire of the temple
The blackish tinge on the brick structure of the spire gives it – the temple is aged. A dive in history and indeed! Though the shikhara was added only in the late nineteenth century but the original structure of the temple is an ancient one dating back to the 17th century. Constructed by Shrimant Naro Appaji Tulshibaugwale a nobleman in the Peshwa court under the orders of Balaji Baji Rao, the temple is today one of the few that have managed to retain its element from the era of the Pehwas. It was good to see restoration work in progress when we visited the place.
The spacious sabhamandap of Shree Ram Temple, Tulsibaug, Pune, Maharashtra
The temple, being restored, yet retains its charm from the era of the Pehwas.
The temple has a wooden sabhamandap (congregation hall), essentially an open space supported by withered columns and carved arches with an attractive teak ceiling decorated in ornate designs and patterns. The sabhamandap evoked a sense of peace and calm with no people around. There were a few things though – like a charpoy, bare with nails, which lay abandoned in the center and a few chalkboards reading significant dates in the Hindu calendar, which clung to the wall.
Arches in sabhamandap of Shree Ram Temple, Tulsibaug, Pune, Maharashtra
A sneak peak of the sanctum in the far distance
Wooden columns in the sabhamandap of Shree Ram Temple, Tulsibaug, Pune, Maharashtra
Sabhamandap: Footsteps echo as we walk, except that – there is no noise, total silence prevails.
The garbhagriha or the sanctum sanctorum is a stone enclosure housing deities of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman in the center while other deities like Lord Vishnu and Garuda sit beside them. Lord Hanuman sits exactly opposite them, not in the sanctum but in thesabhamandap with folded hands and a gaze constantly fixed at His Shree Ram.
The ornate teak ceiling
There is ample space of circumambulation provided around the mandap area where one gets a glimpse of other smaller temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vithal-Godess Rakhumai, Lord Ganesha, Godess Parvati, Lord Dattareya but due to the restoration work that was on, we had to skip it.
Restoration work: Stones, slabs and rods lying all around the temple precincts.
If we were to literally going by the name, Tulsibaug is no ‘Tulsibaug’ anymore – the basil plants are nowhere to be seen and there is no garden. On the face of it – it’s hard, stony but it’s just a matter of time and you realize the something that is deep and buried within it…
The incospicuos doorway to Shree Ram Temple, Tulsibaug, Pune, Maharashtra
Till the end of this life, work will keep you forever busy;
Make some time such, shower love to your Master.
‘English translation of the signpost outside the temple’
Tulsibaug, for me, with its tapered lanes, bustling market and heritage temples; will alwaysremain a fragrant memory… the place where cultural roots continue toburgeon in the garden of history and traditions.Tips and other information for Travellers:– Tulsibaug is located right in the middle of the city, just 10 minutes walk from the famous Dagdusheth Ganpati temple, so you can club them together and visit Tulsibaug just after paying reverence at Dagdusheth.

– Since Tulsibaug is spread in a vast area, keep around 30 – 45 minutes in hand to explore the place.

– A little off from Tulsibaug is Mahatma Phule Mandai, the biggest vegetable market in Pune.

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(The Almost Complete) History and Architecture of 72 Jinalaya

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G.P.S. Coordinates:  25°0’12″N   72°18’2″E

72 Domes of 72 Jinalaya, Bhinmal, Rajasthan

72 Domes of 72 Jinalaya, Bhinmal, Rajasthan

Introduction

On the outskirts of a Rajasthani Town, Bhinmal, there is huge complex which offers Pilgrimage to Jain’s all around the world. It is know as Shri Laxmi Vallabh Parshwanath 72 Jinalaya.

History

Bhinmal was earlier known as Shrimal Nagar (or Bhillamal), which was an early capital of the Kingdom of Gurjars. There are evidence found which indicates Lord Mahavir Swami, the 24th Tirthankar has roamed in these places. This makes Bhinal a very holy place for Jainism.

A Portrait of King Kumarpal

King Kumarpal, the King of Gurjar Kingdom had erected many temples but were destroyed by Alauddin Khilji.

There was a time when Bhinmal looked absolutely stunning with city pinnacled with many temples. It was a great learning center in old times. Many books on Jainism were written here between 7th to 10th Century.

Construction

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The pilgrimage is built almost 6 kms away from Bhinmal. Spreading itself across 80 acres of land it offers pilgrimage as well as temporary charitable rest houses to travellers.

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It is built completely in Marble and hence provides a magnificent views. The work done on construction is very intricate. All the details and colors are carved out very nicely.

 

A benevolent Yakshini guarding the entrance of 72 Jinalaya, Bhinmal

A benevolent Yakshini guarding the entrance of 72 Jinalaya, Bhinmal

 

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The construction of this tirth (pilgrimage) had begun at 1982 and took around 19 years to complete.

The temple spreads in the area of 4700 sq. ft. The temple is elevated with the help of 8 ft high platform. The main temple is in the center (It consists of mulnayak, the main god) and is surrounded by 72 other smaller temples

Overview of 72 Jinalaya

The mulnayak of this temple is Lord Mahavir. His statue is housed in the main temple which is 72 x 54 x 60 ft. in dimensions.

There are usually 24 Tirthankars (gods, people who has attained enlightenment) in Jainism. But this temple is a representation of 24 previous Tirthankars, 24 current Tirthankars and 24 future Tirthankars

If you are curious of the names of all (past, present and future) Tirthankars you can check out the list on this site.

http://jainsite.com/jain-tirthankaras/24-tirthankars-past-present-futureatiti-anagat-vartaman-jain-tirthankars-names.html.

Around the Temple

The other 80 acres of area is covered with huge Gardens and a big charitable complex for visitors/travellers. There are also some small temples spread out in that area.

Here are some of the photos I took at this place

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Entrance to 72 Jinalaya

 

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Dharamshala

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