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Rishabhdeo (Kesariyaji) Jain Temples

    Location

  Shri Rishabh Dev Digambar Jain Atishaya Kshetra or Kesariyaji Jain temples is situated in the village Dhulev in Udaipur (Rajasthan) at a distance of sixty five kilometers from Udaipur. The nearest railway station to Kesariyaji is at distance of 11 kilometers and the city of Udaipur is at a distance of 66 kilometers from this temple. It is the most popular Jain centres and the important Jain centres for other cast and tribal public

  Main Temple

  The temple is dedicated to Lord Rishabh dev, the first Jain Tirthankara. The temple is very artistic. Its pinnacles, arches, doors, walls are very artistic, beautiful and fascinating. The fifty two pinnacles of the temple are seen from a long distance. The main temple of Atishaya Teerth Kshetra Rishabh Dev is very attractive, magnificent and artistic having 52 beautiful spires on it. According to Jain’s opinion, as a symbol of Nandishwar Dweep’s 52 temples, this temple was constructed having 52 spires. This temple is constructed scientifically according to the art of architecture.

  Just before the courtyard and in front of the main temple there is an idol of Marudevi Mata, the mother of Lord Rikhabdev, seated on a marble elephant.

   Main deity

  The main deity of this temple is Bhagwan Rishabh Dev’s; black in color, 108 cm. (3½ feet) in height sitting in Padmasana posture Long hair of the idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev  touching to the shoulders. Two oxen are carved in the center of platform of the idol. On the platform, 16 dreams visited by the mother of Teerthankar are carved. On the back of principal deity, there are 23 idols – 2  standing and 21 in seating posture carved on an plate of Ashta Dhatu. In the  north and south sides of ‘Khela Mandapa’ of this temple attractive idols of  Bhagwan Vasupoojya,  Mallinath, Neminath, Parshvanath and Mahaveer Swami (Panch Balyati)  are installed.

  Bhils, call this idol by the name Kalababa. Since centuries, there is a custom of giving saffron to Bhagawan Rishabh Dev as a gift. Due to so much saffron is plastered on the idol of Bhagawan Rishabh Dev, the idol looks saffron - colored. People, therefore, call  it God Kesariyanath. It is said that the adivasi Bhils livening in this region , discovered a black stone-image of Rishabha hidden in a tree.

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           Kesariyaji temple

   History

  The Jains believes that the image belongs to the time of Rama and Sita. The temple was repaired in the 14th and 15th centuries and the oldest inscription found on the temple is that of 1424 AD.  The altar of the temple was built in the 14th century.
   It is said that this idol was reverenced by Acharya Vidyanand in 8th – 9th century. Some ancient petrography are also found here, that proves that this Kshetra was renovated time to time due to the precepts of Bhattarkas by Digambar devotees It is said that this miraculous idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev was brought here from village Khoonadary which was a prosperous city in ancient time. Latter in the Mughal period due to attacks on Khoonadary and killing of cows devotees shifted the idol at safer place.

       kesariyaji temple

   Pagliyaji Palace

  Nearly 2km from the temple of Rikhabdev there is a place known as Pagliyaji, where the footprints of Lord Rikhab dev are placed in a cenotaph and worshipped. On the birthday of Lord Rikhabdev, when a procession of the Lord proceeds from the temple to Pagliyaji, puja and abhishek is performed at Pagliyaji..

Annual fair

  ; Every year Bhagwan Rishabh Dev Jayanti is celeberated on Chaitra Krishna 8 & 9 .

  Accomodation Facilities :

  Bhattaraka Yash Kirti Dharmarth Trust-  15 Normal Rooms, 10 Deluxe Rooms and Mess Facility 
  K. P. Dharmashala -  Normal Rooms, Semi-Deluxe, Deluxe Rooms, AC Rooms and  Mess Facility 
  Temple Dharmashala-  Normal Rooms,  Semi-Deluxe and Deluxe Rooms. 
  Transport
  Road: - Busses and taxies are available  from Udaipur to Rishabh Dev. 
  Train: - Rishabh Dev Road Railway Station at a distance of 12 km from Kshetra 
  Airport: - Udaipur 
  Address
  Shri Rishabh Dev Digambar Jain Atishaya Teerth Kshetra 
  Place & Post - Rishabh Dev, Taluka – Khairwara, District – Udaipur (Raj.) Pin–313802 
  Managing Committee
  Shri Rishabh Dev Digambar Jain Teerth Raksha Committee 
  Place & Post - Rishabh Dev, Taluka – Khairwara, District–Udaipur (Raj.) Pin – 313802 
  Phone 029072-230252 

 Shri Rishabh Dev Digambar Jain Atishaya Kshetra Map 

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