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Works of art and Sculpture |
Mulnayak: 79 cms. high, black - colored idol of Bhagawan
Sumatinath in the Padmasana posture shines brightly.
Tirth: It is on a beautiful hill of the Talaja Village on
the Confluence of the rivers Setunjaya and Sarita.
Historicity: In ancient times, this sacred place was regarded as
a peak of Mt.Shetrunjaya. Today, it is regarded as one of the group of the five sacred
places of Mt. Siddhachal. This hill is nearly 320 Ft. high. There are strong steps for
climbing the hill. The ascending path is easy and only half kilometer long. Many small as
well as big caves speak of its antiquity. There is a reference that this temple was built
by King Kumarpal in the twelfth century. The idol of God seems to belong to the times of
King Samprati. its last renovation was accomplished on the thirteenth day of the bright
half of the month of Vaishakh in the year 1872 of the Vikram era. The lamp is kept burning
there continuously. It emits saffron powder.
Other Temples: Besides this temple, there are temples of Chintamani Parshvanath
Bhagawan, Mahavir Swami Bhagawan and the Gurumandir with idols Gautam Swami, Sudharma
Swami. Jambu Swami, Kalikalasarvjna Hemchandrasurishvarji, Vruddhichandasurishvarji and
King Kumarpal. There are two temples in the village. There the chief idols are of Bhagawan
Shantinath and Bhagawan Mallinath shine brightly.
Works of art and Sculpture: The splendid temple and the natural caves on this
hill present fascinating sight. In the caves there are great tanks for storing water, oil,
and ghee. These caves were made in the times of Emperor Ashok for Buddhist monks for the
spread of Buddhism Memories of great men are also associated with these caves. Narsinh
Mehta was born in this village of Talaja.
Guidelines: The nearest railway station is Talaja which is at a
distance of two kilometers from the temple. Palitana is at a distance of 38 kilometers
from here. Means of transport are available here. At the foot of the hill, there are
dharmashalas and bhojanashalas.
Trust: Shri Taladhvaj Svetamber Jain Committee, Babuni
Jain Dharmashala, Talaja : 364140, Dist. Bhavnagar, Gujarat State, India.