Heading To Mount Abu? Drop By This Jain Shrine Built In 1130 AD
What Makes It Awesome
Located about 50 kms away from Mount Abu railway station, Jirawala Parshwanath is a holy site for the Jain community.
Dressed in royal whites, the temple is an architectural marvel like many others in Jainism. The intricate detailing on the roof and the walls is just an interesting theory class filled with facts away. The temple was built way back in circa 1130 AD, the exact year is slightly blurry according to the scriptures, but it is said that Shri Amrasa once got a dream where Shri Parshwanath Bhagwaan appeared and guided him to a spot where the idol of the lord would be found underground. And though it was a dream, they dug to find the idol of Parshva Prabhu there itself.
There are a lot of single small rooms in the premises, with around 108 smaller idols of the lord, all with different names. This is the only ancient shrine where such a thing is practiced.
People come from far and wide to get their wishes fulfilled. It is said that the temple has divine powers to make honest wishes come true. There have been tons of miracles in the past for devotees to believe so.
During the first day of the harvest, families flock to cook food here as they believe it is a good omen to first feed the lord and then, move on to the members of the family.
There is a dharamshala (boarding) available close by for you to stay at, with all meals served at a fixed time.
What Could Be Better
The main shrine at the foothills of the Aravalis is extremely gorgeous, but the lodging facility is extremely basic, and not up to the mark when it comes to the hygiene levels.
Don’t forget to spend some time in Mount Abu (the only thing close to a hill station in Rajasthan).