Gandhar Tirth- Shri Amizara Parshwanath
Close to the Gulf of Khambhat where the river Vishvamitri meets the Arabian Ocean, lies the tranquil town of Gandhar. Once a busy port, the town has now turned into a quaint sea village dotted by small houses and a Jain temple dedicated to Shri Amizara Parshwanath Bhagwan.
|Mulnayak Shri Amizara Parshwanath Bhagwan|
The antiquity of this land can be established from the inscriptions excavated from here. The idol of Lord Parshwanath was installed by Acharya Vijay Sensuri, a disciple of Akbar Pratibodhak Acharya Shri Hirvijaysurishwarji Maharaja in Vikram Samvat 1664. The deity is fondly known as Amizara Parshwanath because holy liquid (“Ami”) exuded from the idol years ago.
|Gandhar Jain Tirth|
|The beautiful idol of Lord Amizara Parshwanath|
The port of Gandhar witnessed several invasions by the pirates from Khambhat in the beginning of the 18th century. It is said that earlier Jains had a vast population in this area and along with the jinalay of Shri Amizara Parshwanath Bhagwan, a temple of Lord Mahavir was constructed here, which sadly lies in ruins today due to the loots organised by the pirates. Due to several invasions, the population of Jains witnessed a decline,
|Shri Parshwanath Bhagwan, Gandhar Tirth|
|Shri Mahavir Swami Bhagwan, Gandhar Tirth|
Later, this temple was renovated by Harakunvar Shethani in Vikram Samvat 1810. In Vikram Samvat 1969 Acharyadev Shri Vijay Ramchandrasurisvarji also took diksha in this sacred place.
|Aangi of Lord Amizara Parshwanath|
Today this quaint tirth is a perfect for a spiritual getaway where one can find the the mesmerizing divinity of Lord Amizara Parshwanath in the lap of nature.
How to Reach: Gandhar is 37 kms from Bharuch town. One has to travel via Vagara, which is 20 kms from Bharuch. Gandhar is at a distance of 76 kms from Vadodara. Nearest railway station is Parvajan on the Bharuch Kaavi route.
I would like to thank Yash Koradia & Saurabh Mehta for their photographic contribution to this post