VANTHALI TIRTH  
   
vanthali

This is the birth-place of Sajjan Shreshthi, a minister of King Siddharaja, who got the Girnar tirtha repaired and renovated. It is stated that the flag of the story of renown of Jaina Shreshthis was fluttering in this town. Vanthali was famed as 'Vamanasthali' in ancient days. When Siddharaj, the emperor of Gujarat came to know that this chief minister Sajjan Shreshthi got the Girnar tirtha repaired and renovated with the income earned from Sorath, he was enraged.

 

Siddharaj Jaisimha came to Sorath to punish him, but before he could reach there, a Jain Shreshthi declared his determination to donate lakhs of rupees together with interest. But Siddharaj came to know that the temple of Girnar was named as 'Karnavihar' after his father King Karnaraj and immortalized him; he was immensely delighted towards his minister Sajjana. He was delighted to write off the entire expense of renovation. He also did not accept the amount of money kept ready by the minister. It is said that the wealth in question was used towards the construction of the Jaina temple at Vanthali. But to-day this temple is not visible anywhere. Only a view of the architecture of the mosque over there creates a guess that this mosque must have been the Jain temple once. An idol of Shri Shitalnath Bhagavan is unearthed from the the local Gandhi garden here. In the portico of the Suryakund, three idols of Jinas engrossed in surrendering the body (Kayotsarga) are found. To-day there are two Jina temples on the same spot and all old idols have been ceremoniously installed here. Even in the Oram mountain there is a castle in which the stones of the Jina temple seem to have been used. This temple of Shitalnath Bhagavan blesses, with an experience of extreme coolness and quietude, all the beings tormented by the sorrows of moral life.