Siddhshila Jain temple

The Siddhshila Jain temple located in Taranga hills is considered to be one of holiest places for the Jains in India. The temple comes with a steep slope along with the deep well. The place is mainly known for helping Jains to attain moksha or salvation and so it is came to be called Siddhshila.

Large part of this temple comprising of the idols of Padmavati and Kumarpala at outer platform and overall it comes with seven domes. There is a long marble statue of Rishabha of about 2.75 m in the central portion of the temple. The temple has a compound dedicated to Shvetamabara temples of about 14. The temple summit is made of wood which is decorated with outstanding architecture.

History

The temple was constructed in the period of 1121 A.D by Solanki ruler Kumarpal under the guidelines of his mentor Acharaya Hemachandra. As per popular Jain beliefs, Digambaras had initially settled on this hilly place occupying three rocky peaks. They hailed this temple to be the sacred place of attaining moksha and it is considered that once there used to be several monastics of about 35,000 surrounding the temple. Legends also say that here Gandharas and Sagardutta had attained moksha here.

Where is it located?

It is located at north western portion of the Taranga hills less than 1 km in Mehsana district. By road it will approximately take 56 km from Mehsana, about 50 km from the Ambaji Shrine and 130 km approximately from Ahmedabad. Private rental vehicles and bus services can be hired from Patan, Mehsana, Siddhpur and Ahmedabad. It will take approximately take 38 km to reach the spot by train from Visanagar. From Ahmedabad airport it hardly takes about 125 km to reach the destination.

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