Works of art and Sculpture
Mulnayak: Nearly 45 cms. high, white - colored idol of
Bhagawan Prahalaviya Parshvanath.
Historicity: King Prahalad settled this city and named it as
Prahaladanpur. Later on, the name was changed into Palanpur. its history
can be traced to the thirteenth century of the vikram era. since it was
built by King Prahalad, this temple became famous as the temple of
Prahaladan Prashvanath. Today it is known as the temple of Pallaviya
Parshvnath. This brave king melted the metal idol of Delvada in Abu and
made an idol of shiva’s riding bull. Then he began to be pained by
leprosy. In agony, he at last went to a forest. There he happened to meet
Acharyashri Shalibhadrasurisvarji. he repented for what he had done and
then according to the instructions and with blessings of the Acharya, he
made a temple of Bhagawan Parshvanath. He poured on his body the water with
which the idol was bathed and cured his disease of leprosy. King Prahalad
then become a follower of the Jain religion. He performed many acts of
religion. He was a scholar and wrote many books. His dramatic work
entitled " Parshva Parakram Vyasang" is famous even today. It speaks
highly about his scholarship. The present idol was formally installed
under the auspices of Kakkasurisvarji on the fifth day of the bright half
of the month of Fagan in the year 1274 of the Vikram era.
Other Temples: Besides this, there are at present 14 temples.
Works of art and Sculpture: In this temple, there are also
other ancient artistic, bright - looking idols. In other temples also,
there are eye-pleasing idol. On an idol of ambikadevi, there is a writing
of the fourth day of bright half of the month of Fagan of the year 1315 of
the Vikram era and on idol of Guru, there is a writing of the fifth day of
the bright half of the month of Fagan of the year 1274 of the Vikram era.
These writings await research work.
The Palanpur station is on the railway and the main highway from Ahmedabad
to Abu Road. The railway station and the bus station are at a distance of
one kilometer from the temple. Buses and taxis are available for travel to
the temple. There are dharmashalas and bhojanashalas in the town.
Trust: Shri pallaviya Parshvanath
Jain Svetambar Mandir, Palanpur-385001 Dist. Banaskantha, Gujarat State,