SHIYANI TIRTH  
   
shiyani

The Shiyani tirtha is situated at a distance of just 13 kms from Limbdi on the road leading to Palitana via Shankeshvara and Lakhtar. This majestic temple situated in the very heart of the Shiyani village, is said to have been constructed as early as in the times of emperor Samprati. So many stories and anecdotes of the miracles of Mulanayaka Shri Shantinath Bhagavan installed here, are current. The Jina temple faces the eastern quarter. There are entrance-doors on the eastern and northern sides of the temple.

 

On the door of the southern quarter we have an image of goddess Saraswati – the very exquisite model of modern art and architecture. The temple consists of three storeys and in the underground cellar, thee is a temple known as the "Underground cellar temple". In this we have a charming idol, 13 inches in height, of Shri Shantinath Bhagavan; it inspires sacred feelings in the heart. Around this idol we have the idols of Shri Muni Suvrata Swami, Shri Parshvanath Bhagavan, Shri Rishabhadeva etc. On the ladder of this ancient cellar we come across a memorial stone (Palio). It seems that this must have been constructed in memory of some religious hero who laid down his life while defending this tirtha. In the middle part of the complex we have the main temple in which we view the idol of MULANAYAKA Shri Shantinath Bhagavan in all its majesty and charm pleasing to the eyes. The assembly-hall and decoration hall of the temple, thoyugh small is simply excellent. On the upper portion of the majestic Jaina temple, we have a vast peak, a 13 inch image of Bhagavan Parshvanath and a four-faced pillar. Here too we find facility of boarding and lodging.