Shankeshwar Jain Temple

Usha Biswal Rout

30, Dec 2017 @ 05:54 PM
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About: The Sankeshwar temple dedicated to Lord Parshwanath, is located in the center of Sankeshwar town of Patan district,  Gujarat,  India and is an important place of pilgrimage for the followers of Jainism.

Shankeshwar Jain Temple, Gujarat
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On the days of the full moon of the Hindu calendar month Chaitra, corresponding to March or April,  and Kartik, October or November and the tenth day of the second half of the Maghashirsha, corresponding to December or January a huge fair is held by the Jain devotees. The temple ranks next only to those on Mount Shatrunjaya in Palitana, in terms of importance of Jainism.

Historical importance: According to the Mughal history, the sankeshwar village was on lease given by the Emperor Shah Jahan to Shantidas Jhaveri, a former nagarsheth (equivalent to mayor) of Ahmadabad.

It is said that Jain Acharya Merutunga had mentioned this place as Shankhpur in his works. The current Parshwanath temple was built in 1811. The ruins of old Jain Temple in the town which is dated around 1652, there is a Chhatra and a memorial inscription dedicated to Shripujya, a high priest of the temple. A formal history of the precursor to this tirth was written by Jain nook Ann eminent scholar Hemachandra Suri in reign of Solanki King Siddharaj Jaysinh of Anhilwara.

How to reach: The railway stations at the nearest are Harij and viramgam. Boarding and lodging facilities are also available at Sankeshwar. Private vehicles and bus services are available easily . Ahmadabad is the nearest airport.

Related Links: Historical importance of Sankeshwar Temple, How to reach at Sankeshwar Temple in Gujarat, Jain Temple Gujarat, Lord Parshwanath Temple, Sankeshwar Temple
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