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In the Jina temple, situated in the middle of Charoopa village, the idol of Shri Shyamala Parshvanath Bhagavan is 1.20 metres in height, of black complexion and in Padmasana posture. The idol is very old and majestic; it is considered to be miraculous. In is said that this is one of the three idols got installed by Shri Ashadhi Sharavaka in ancient times. In the ninth century Shri Devachandrasuriji is said to have installed the Parikara of Shri Parshvanath Prabhu.

 

There is also a reference to the effect that, in the thirteenth century Shreshthi Devachandra got constructed here the temple of Shri Adinath Bhagavan. We also have a reference which states that around 1320 V.S. Shreshthi Pethadshah got constructed the temple of Shri Shantinath Bhagavan. This tirtha was in complete disarray after the 18th century. But in V.S. 1938, the Shravakas of Patan took over the administration of this temple and tirtha. Thereafter the vast temple-comple was constructed here and re-installed on the fifth day of the bright half of the Jeth month of V.S. 1984. In this thirtha, situated at a distance of 10 kms from Patan the idol of the MULANAYAKA is of the nature of an unparalleled specimen of ancient sculptural art. The art of the black idol carved from marble is simply unique. The head of the idol right up to the shoulders is very vast and covered by hood. In the idol we find the thinness of a tapasvi, absence of all diseases and serious demeaneur. Again, it was at this spot that Jain Acharya, Shri Viracharya coming at the invitation of King Siddharaj to Patan, was welcomed at a great festival at Charoopa. Several such references reveal that this tirtha is ancient and glorious.