JHAGADIYA TIRTH  
   
jhagadiya

This tirtha is situated in the Jhagadia village which is at a distance of 32 kms from Bharuch on the Ankleshwar-Rajpipla road. Here is installed an idol of MULANAYAKA Shri Adinath Bhagavan; white in complexion, 104 cms in height and in Padmasana posture. Though a little small in size the idol is in no way less charming. Again , the art and architecture of the peaks of the temple as also the entrance gate is really excellent to view. An idol of Shri Chakreshvari Devi was unearthed from a field nearby in V.S. 1921.

 

On this we have an inscription of the 10th day of the bright half of the month of Maha in V.S. 1200. The detail discovered is that the image was installed by Mantri Shri Pruthvipala. In V.S. 1928, the then King Shri Gambhirasinhaji ceremoniously re-installed it. In administration of the temple Shravakas got it from Rana Chhatrasinha and once more repaired and renovated the temple. It is said that on learning of the procurement of ancient idols by the Rana, Shravakas of Baroda and Bharuch approached the Rana to get possession of these. The Rana said that the absence of a Jina temple or the house of Jaina householder is indeed very painful. But handing over the idols to others would be a blot on the state. The Rana therefore gave all facilities of business to the Shravakas and constructed the temple. He looked after the care of the temple for thirty years and then handed it over to Shri Sangha.