Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pavapuri - Jain Tirth and Jeev Raksha Kendra

Shree Pavapuri Tirth Jeev Maitridham, a Jain Tirth Sthal, is situated at Sirohi district of Rajasthan, 65kms from Abu Road. This campus is developed by K. P. Sanghvi Group and it comprises of a Jain Tirth (Temple complex) and Jeev Raksha Kendra (Animal Welfare Center).
The Tirth derived its name after the Pavada Agriculture well that exists here.

Shri Kumarpalbhai V. Shah inspired Late Shri Hajarimalji Poonamchandji Bafna and Shri Babulalji Poonamchandji Bafna, the founders of K. P. Sanghvi Group, to construct a Tirth Dham. They started construction and development of the campus on May 30, 1998. The initial thought was to construct a small temple and a shelter for 100 cows only but the campus is now spread over more than 500 acres of land. The temple complex occupies 31,01,472 sq. ft. area and the Jeev Raksha Kendra (Animal Welfare Center) occupies 71,96,112 sq. ft. area to provide shelter to 6,200 stray cattle.
Many species of birds are found here.

It took two and a half years to construct the temple with an average of 400 artisans working daily. The construction was completed on February 07, 2001, Wednesday and was finally opened for worship. The devotees were spellbound during the Pratishtha Mahotsav, opening ceremony of the Tirth Dham.

At the Jeev Raksha Kendra, fresh milk from the cows is fed to the calves and also used in the Food Premises (Bhojanshala). Cows, as we all know, are considered as holy beings in the Hindu belief, and their care is amply taken here. Fresh, filtered water is given to them everyday and fodder from self-grown fields is fed to them.
There are 2 huge mandirs (temples) in this campus, flanked by fountains on both sides, a la Vegas. At night, the temple is lighted only by diyas all over till dawn, with the diyas being lit with the help of pure ghee, which is made by the milk of the cows.

There are over 90,000 fully grown trees (excluding small plants, bushes and flower beds) in this campus.
There are big halls for special occasions, rooms to stay in (deluxe AC rooms [1100/- for 24 hours + non-AC rooms [300/- for 24 hours]) which are made entirely of stone.
Dotted with statues along the pathway, this is an entirely planned complex, with a stream running through the entire length and breadth of the campus.

Sirohi, with fourteen Jain temples surrounding it, has been a revered pilgrim center in Rajasthan, Northwestern India. For centuries, these shrines have comforted countless devotees seeking divine interventions in their lives. Keeping this tradition alive is Shree Pavapuri Tirth Dham, offering devotees the opportunity to find peace within them.

Shree Pavapuri Tirth Dham is a shining example of Jain Temple Architecture and Culture. It is a beautiful blend of art and architecture, enshrined in pure values that have percolated through generations. A visit here is therapeutic for the mind, body and soul. The calm, beautiful, scenic and vast complex of Pavapuri sits ensconced amidst the contemplative Aravali Mountain range that sits like a determined yogi in meditation.

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