Rishabhdev Temple

rishabhdev-temple

Name       : Rishabhdev ji Temple

Situated  : 90 kms from Udaipur

Built year : 15th century

Entry fee  : Free

Rishabhdeo Temple is an important pilgrimage site for followers of Jain religion. The temple is located on Udaipur-Ahmedabad road, at a distance of 65 kms from the city of Udaipur in Dhulev. Dhulev is a small town that is also known as Rishabhdeo, famous for its Rishabhdeo Temple.

Dedicated to Rishabhdeo ji, one of the 24 Tirthankars of the Jains, the 15th century AD Rishabhdeo Temple is an important pilgrimage site. Owing to a large amount of saffron offering made, the temple has also come to be known as the Keshariya ji Temple.

Both Jains and Bhils have immense respect for this temple, since the lord fulfills all their wishes and desires.  Rishabhdeoji is  also considered as one of incarnations of Lord Vishnu and due to this reason; many of the Hindus come to this place of worship every month from all over Rajasthan.

While entering this temple, you will be received by the Elephants that are carved out of black stone. In the north, the image Goddess Chakreshvari adorns the site and in the south, the image of goddess Padmavati fetches the attention. In this temple, the idol of Lord Rishabh Dev captures the major attraction.

On special occasions the image is clothed with the angia (a garment studded with precious stones worth severed hundred thousand rupees).

Besides the main idol, there are 23 other idols and out of them, 2 are standing and 21 are in a sitting position. All these idols are made up of Ashtadhatu (composed of eight metals) and encircle the idol of Lord Rishabhdeo.

The northern and southern parts of the Khela Mandapa (Hall) are occupied by the idols of Tirthankaras Vasupujya, Mallinath, Neminath, Parshvanath and Mahavir Swami that are collectively known as Panch-Balayati. Apart from this, there are 52 other devakulikas (shrines) of the Tirthankaras.

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