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Shri Prabhaspatan Tirth

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Mulnayak: Nearly 115 cms high, white colored idol of Bhagawan Chandraprabhu in the Padmasan posture.

Tirth: It is in the centre of Prabhaspatan at a distance of one and a half Kms. from the main Somnath temple.

Historicity: It is believed that this tirtha was established by Bharat Chakravarti. While he was leading a sangha, some great monks practising penance on the bank of the river Saraswati said that, the holy land would be the place of samavasarana of Bhagawan Chandrabh. Hearing this, Bharat settled a city there and built a temple of Bhagawan Chandraprabhu. This ancient tirth is mentioned in ‘Shetrunjaya Mahatmaya’ composed by Shri Dharmeshwarsuriji in the year 370 of the Vikram era. At the time when Mlechchha kings invaded in the first century of the Vikram era, the idols of Ambikadevi etc. came here from the Vallabhipur temple through the air route. Under the instructions, of Kalikalasarvajna Hemchandracharya, Maharaj Kumarpal built temples here. There are also documents showing that the festivals of Anjanashalaka and installation of idols were celebrated here five times under the auspicies of Shri Vijaysurishwarji before the year 1666 of the Vikram era. The temple was again renovated in the yaers 1876 and 2008 of the Vikram era. The idol was installed under the auspices of Shri Chandrasagarsuriji. All these are documentary and historical proof of antiquity of this tirth.

Other Temples: Near this temple, there are seven other temples. There is also a temple in the town. In the cellar beneath this temple, there is an Agam Mandir.

Works of art and Sculpture: The scene of the group of temples in the town on the bank of the Saraswati river and on the sea-shore, is very delightful to see. The assembly hall of the vast and beautiful temple with nine cellars is very spectacular. Such a fine assembly hall is nowhere else. The idols of Bhagawan Dokariya Parshwanath and of Bhagwan Mallinath are ancient, beautiful and miraculous. Since this is a very ancient tirth, the ancient Jain sculpture is also seen in the mosque in the town.

Guidelines: The nearest railway station of Veraval is at a distance of 5 Kms. from Veraval. Bus service and private vehicles are available here. There are good boarding and lodging provisions.

Trust: Shri Prabhaspatan Jain Sventamber Murtipujak Sangha, Derasar Khadki, Prabhaspatan-362238 Dist Junagadh, State Gujarat, India.


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