Rishabhdevji Temple, Dhulev
The Rishanhdevji temple is situated in Dhulev, 64 kms from
Udaipur. This temple, on the bank of the Koyal river, holds a
special significance for people of that area.
Elephants made of black stone welcome pilgrims as they enter the
temple. On the north is the image of Goddess Chakreshvari and on
the southern side, there is an image of goddess Padmavati. The
Rishabhdevji temple dates back to the 15th century.
Cloisters on the side house small images of tirthankaras. Passing
the stairs, one comes to the Navchauki. The idol of Lord
Rishabdev is 35 feet high and is placed on a 1.25 feet high stone
and is the centre, there are two bulls around an image of the
goddess, in addition to statues of elephants and lions. Also
depicted beautifully are the sixteen dreams of Lord Rishabdev's
Navgrah composed of nine images, the holy throne (singhasana) and
the golden door are also attractive, as are the high spired
domes, and the spirals of the temple. The rites and rituals in
this temple consist of shuddhi in which water and milk is used.
To make the atmosphere clean, pure and fit for devotion, the area
is incensed with fragrance. The images are decorated and
devotional hymns (bhajans) are sung and religious assemnblies are
held regularly. The image is called by several names.
The bhils call this black stone image by the name of Kalaji. The
image also called 'Dhulevdhani' because of its location at
Dhulev. A lot of saffron is presented here as offering to the
Lord and thus the name 'Kesariaji'. Close to Rishabhdevji are
many more places of interest - Pagyaji, Chandragiri, Bhim
Pagalya, Bhattarak, Kirti Bhavan and the Peepli temple. Every
year a Rath - Yatra and fair is organised.
Parshvanath Temple, Nakoda
Situated in a valley ringed by hills, on the Jodhpur Barmer
highway, the temple dedicated to the tirthankare Parsvanath is
carved in black stone. Beside it are other Jain tem-ples
including Shantinath with its steep flight of stairs, as well as
some ancient Hindu Temples.On the road from Jodhpur to Barmer,
the Nakoda Parshvanath temple is situated in a valley surrounded
by hills as high as 1,500 feet. Among the statues here, there is
an image of the Jain saint (tirthankara) Parshvanath in black
Beside this, there is another temple with high leading steps
called the Shantinath temple.
Thousands of pilgrims and tourists come here with devotion and
admire the brilliant work of architecture.
The temple of Pundarik Swami dates back to the 16th century while
the Charbhuja temple and the Shiva temple had been 500-600 years