NO. 1 Shri Chintamani Parshvnath
Mulnayak: Nearly 52 cms high, blue coloured idol of Bhagwan Chintamani Parshvanath in the Padmasana posture and looking beautiful with seven hoods.
Tirth: It is in the city of Nasik. There are two main temples of Chintamani Parshvanath; one in Nasik and the other in Jaisalmer.
Historicity: By reading the history of Nasikyapurkalpa written by Shri Jinaprabhsuri, one gets acquainted with the antiquity and impressiveness of this tirth. Previously it was known as Padmapur. The idol of Chandraprabh Swami (one of the 20 Viharman of Mahavideh Shetra) was installed by Brahma and the tirth came to be known as Padmapur. Kunti, Queen of King Pandu, renovated this temple and it came to be called as Kuntivihar. The ancient idols of Jain Tirthankaras can be seen on the hills near the Chandavad village at a distance of 45 kilometers from Nasik. The idol of Mulnayak Chandraprabh Swami is among them. There is an idol of Chintamani parshvanath in the temple in the newly settled city of Nasik on the bank of the godavari river. It was built by the sangha about the year 1800 of the vikram era. But according to another note this temple was built in the year 1918 of the vikram era. But on the cross-legged posture of God, the year 1548 of the vikram era is carved. Nearly 30 years ago, the white idol was coated with blue colour.Humming with many large-scale industries and commercial activities,this city was also a chief center of religious activities of Jains. Ancient scriptures and tirthmalas contain prayers to Chintamani Parshvanath.
Other Temples: Besides this, there are very splendid nine temples. Chief among them is the temple of Shri Adinath. There is a Gurumandir of Acharyadev shrimad Vijayayashodevsuriswarji
Works of art and Sculpture: This splendid fascinating, delightful and heart-warming blue-coloured idol of Bhagwan Chintamani parshvanath in the splendid temple on the bank of the Godavari river, removes and destroys worries. The artistic sculpture of this ancient idol looking beautiful with seven hoods, is extra ordinary.
Guidelines: The nearest railway station of Nasik is at a distance of 8 kilometers. Bus service and private vehicles are available. There are good boarding and lodging facilities. Besides, an upashraya and a Gurumandir are there. This is also a center of publication of religous scriptures.
Scripture: A mention of this temple has been made in “Nasikyapurkalpa”, in ” Sankheswar Parshvanath Chand”, in “Shri Bhateva Parshvanath Stavan”, in “Tirthmala”, in “Parshvanath Naammala”, in “Parshvanath Chaityaparipati” etc. An idol of Chintamani Parshvanath is there in almost all the cities of India.
Trust: Shri Chitamani Parshvanath Jain Shwetambar Tirth, Parshvanath Lane, Bhadrakali, Nasik city- 422001 State – Maharashtra, India. Phone: 0253-2593977
NO.2 Mulnayak: Nearly 105 cms. high, white – coloured idol of Bhagwan Chintamani Parshvanath in the Padmasana posture.
Tirth: It is in the fort on the hill near the Jaisalmer town. There are two main temples of Chintamani Parshvanath: one in Jaisalmer and the other in Nasik.
Historicity: Jaisalmer is the new capital established by Jesalji after the fall of Lodrava. Thereafter the idol of Bhagwan Chintamani Parshvanath was brought to Jaisalmer from Lodrava and installed in the temple built in the fort on the hills. There are beautiful seven temples built of yellow stones in the fort. The idol was installed by Acharya Jinapatisurishvarji in Jaisalmer in the year 1263 of the Vikram era. The idol was reinstalled after the renovation of the temple by Jinvardhansurisvarji in the year 1473 of the Vikram era. This temple was then named “Lakhshman Vihar”. In this very temple, there are several inscriptions on stones and many idols of 15th and 16th centuries. This one is believed to be the principal temple of Jaisalmer and it is well-known as the temple of Sri Chintamani Parshvanath Bhagwan. Other temples here are said to have been built during the 16th century.. There was an idol of Bhairav near the idol of Parshvanath. Thinking that it was not proper to seat the servant on the same level as the Lord, Suriji seated Bhairavji outside the temple. The next day, the idol was at the same place. Thinking that Bhairvaji was an obstinate god, he made a very loud incantation. The idol itself went and sat outside. The idol of Bhairavji is very miraculous. Next to the tirth of Shatrunjay in Gujarat, this tirth has such a large number of idols. In one stone tablet here, there is a delicately carved temple as small as barley grain with an idol therein as small as a sesame seed. Besides this, there is one idol made out of emerald stone in Brihad Bhandar, the sight of which keeps one totally spell-bound. Here, in the temple’s Brihad Bhandar in the fort, are preserved the original bed-sheet, the lips covering-cloth piece (Muhapatti) and the Chaddar, all almost 800 years old belonging to the first Dada Sri Jinduttsurishvarji and it is believed that when Dada was being Cremated, these belongings did not catch fire owing to some Divine power’s interventions and the devotees therefore preserved them for posterity
Other Temples: At present, there are seven temples in the fort. There are also five temples in the town. The libraries here are worth visiting.
Works of art and Sculpture: The art of Western Rajasthan is here at its best, not to be seen anywhere else. The art of this temple is beyond description. Pillars, arched gates and paintings of dolls and dancing girls are really extraordinary. The artistry of this place reminds one of Mt.Abu, Delwada, Ranakpur and Khajuraho. The yellow stone of Jaisalmer is very famous even today. It appears that less said about the art of Jaisalmer the better it is. The cluster of domes in yellow stone appears from a distance as if the same is made out of gold. Carving on hard yellow stones is extremely difficult and this is the most distinguishing feature here. Jaisalmer is well known for its typical art. The sculptors have not left any corner of stone untouched. Jaisalmer is the only place where not only in the temples but also in the private residences,balconies,gates and terraces, specimen of finest form of art can be seen. In spite of hardness of the local yellow stone, the sculptors have succeeded in chiselling out numberless shapes and forms of exquisite beauty, quality and impressive in form
Guidelines: The Jaisalmer railway station is at a distance of 2 kilometers from the temple in the fort. One has to climb the fort on foot. It is a walking distance of 10 minutes. Bus Service and private vehicles are available. There are boarding and lodging facilities. For lodging, there are 3 different dharamshalas viz., Jain Bhavan, Nakoda Bhavan and Sri Mahavir Bhavan, all at different places. These are around 1 ½ Km from station and ½ Km from Bus stand. All the facilities along with that of a bhojanshala is available in Jain Bhavan. Even cars, buses can be parked here. Near the temple at the fort there is a small dharamshala too, where you can get water for a bath before performing pooja.
Scripture: Jaisalmer is famous for its distinct art and for its rich collection of books. Very rare books on Jainism are found here and it is a center of special attraction to research workers. Jaisalmer is famous throughout the world for its store houses of Jain scriptures. Volumes on varied subjects have been preserved here. Such an invaluable collection is impossible to come by anywhere else. The treasure is priceless for Jain religion and for researchers this is a veritable heaven.
The following are the store houses of scriptures here :
Brihad Bhandar in the temple in the fort,Tapagachchhiya Bhandar in the Upashraya of Acharya, Brihad Khartar gachchhiya Bhandar in the Upashraya of Bhattarak Gachchha, Lonkagachchhiya Bhandar in the Upashraya of lonkagachchha, doongarsi Gnanbhandar in the doongarsi Upashraya and Thirushah Bhandar in the haveli (a residential place like a palace) of Sheth Sri Thirushah. Jaisalmer is famous for its distinct art and for its rich collection of books. A mention of this temple has been made in the “Tirthmala”, in “Jaisalmer Chaityaparipati”, in”Vivid Tirthmala” etc. The temple of Chintamani Parshvanath is there in Ajimganj in W. Bengal, in Agra, in Amaravati in A.P., in Bhopalgarh and Nitoda in Rajasthan, in Modera and Delwada in Gujarat and in many other cities of India.
Trust: Shri Jaisalmer Lodravpur Parshvanath Jain Shwetambar Trust, Jain Bhavan, Post:Jaisalmer: 345 001. Rajasthan State, India. Phone: 02992-52404. 02992-52330