|Mahudi Jain Tirth (મહુડી)|
Mahudi Jain Tirth
|Architecture and culture|
|Important festivals:||Kali Chaudas|
|Number of temples:||3|
|Number of monuments:||6|
|Creator:||Shri Mahudi (Madhupuri) Jain Murtipujak Trust (Acharya Bhagwant Shrimad Buddhisagar Suriswarji Maharaj Saheb) / Page Creator - Maitrik Bharat Vora|
|Governing body:||Shri Mahudi (Madhupuri) Jain Murtipujak Trust|
Mahudi is a village near the river Sabarmati. This village is in Mansa Taluka of Gandhinagar District. Gandhinagar is 35 km. away and Ahmedabad is 70 km. away. Nearby town is Vijapur, which is 6 km. away. Mahudi is famous for Jinalaya Jain temple of Shri Ghantakarna Mahavir. It is a centre of pilgrimage for the Jains devotees. There are lakhs of people from different religions offering prayers besides Jain devotees. 'Yognistha Acharya Bhagwant Shrimad BuddhiSagarsuri Maharaj Sahebji' had observed a long period of penance here and had inspired the construction of new temple. Devotees offer `sukhadi', which after offering, is eaten within the temple complex. Tradition forbids the carrying away of such offerings outside premises. Large and clean sarai offers comfortable stay to the pilgrims.
Historicity : In ancient times, this place was known as Madhupuri. The idols and artistic remains found from the hollow of the earth show that this place is nearly 2000 years old. The inscription in the Brahmi script also show its antiquity.
The ancient and beautiful Mulnayak Bhagawana Padmaprabhu, was formally reinstalled by guidance of 'Yognishta Acharyadev Shrimad Buddhisagarsurisvarji' in the newly built temple in the year 1974 of the Vikram era (1917 as English Calendar).
Shri Ghantakarna Mahavir idol was installed in the new temple under observation and guidance of 'Acharya Bhagwant Shrimad Buddhisagar Suriswarji Maharaj Saheb' in the year 1974 (1917) of the Vikram era. Mahudi reclamied its title as Mahudi Tirth or Tirtha. The idol of Shri Ghantakarna Mahavir is very miraculous. Thousands of pilgrims with faith and devotion, come here to fulfill their desires. Every year, on the fourteenth day of the dark half of the month of Aso, the ceremony of charitable offering is celebrated in the Jain way in the temple of Shri Ghantakarna Mahavir.
Lord Ghantakarna Mahavir
Lord Ghantakarna Mahavir was a Kshatriya king named Tungabhadra, was popularly named Mahabal for his ferocious strength. He protected religious people, caste and virtuous women and, unmarried girls from robbers and dacoits. He primarily used a bow and arrows for defense apart kept heavy Mace (club) as His Weaponry. He liked sounds of Bell(ghant) and also He had Bell(ghant) Shaped ears so he was commonly known as 'Ghant(Bell) Karna(Ears)' Mahavir(Great Warrior). Shri Ghantakarna Mahavir Dev always helps those who have faith in him. He was very fond of Sukhadi (made from Jaggery, Flour, and Ghee or clarified butter). Therefore, there is a custom of offering Sukhadi as prasad to him. Sukhadi should be strictly consumed in premises only.
Mahudi Tirth is a witness to lakhs of pilgrimes each year. The force behind this miraculous Temple is Shri Ghantakarna Mahavir Dev. Under guidance of Shrimad Buddhisagarji Maharaj Saheb the Tirth was built. When he saw jains running here n there to other temples and shrines for fulfillment of wishes and protection, He felt the need of a powerful jain deity whom people could pray n ask for divine help and protection from evil. He did hard 'Saadhna' (Meditation) for 3 days and with his vital powers he assessed Shri Ghantakarna Mahavir Dev 'pratyaksha' through 'havan' fire and he bounded him to protect and welfare for peoples. He immediately draw his image (flashed from fire) and later an idol was made from a river side rock since marble would take time to be delivered from Rajasthan. Shrimad BuddhiSagar Maharaj Sahebji made the idol lively by putting "Praan" (Lively Power) into it. Since then lakhs of people have experienced the miracles and fulfillment for their wishes through Lord Shri Ghantakarna Mahavir Dev in personal n professional fronts. The tirth has brought tremendous prosperity to all villagers and followers With each passing day the "Mahima" (Popularity n Prosperity) of Mahudi Tirth is increasing in multiples day by day the only one of its kind in India.
In this shrine there is another larger temple with a 22-inch marble Idol of Bhagawan Padmaprabh sitting in padmasana (lotus) posture, reinstalled by Acharya Shrimad Buddhisagarji M.S. Gurudev.
One more temple known as Guru Mandir was built later with idol of Acharya Shrimad Buddhisagarji Suriswarji M.S. Gurudev(after His holy death) besides Lord Ghantakarna Mahavir's Temple.
A similar Idol was simultaneously placed at Vijapur Jain Temple on the place where His last rites were performed. Samadhi of Gurudev.
The 'Prasad' (food after being offered to the deity first) called 'Sukhadi' made up with pure Ghee(clarified butter), wheat flour and jaggery. The sukhadi has to be eaten in the temple premises itself and the devotees are prohibited from taking outside the temple premises, as it is considered inauspicious to do so. The temple authorities see to it that hot 'sukhadi' is supplied on time. Sometimes huge quantities of it are required to cope with the rush but the temple staff is equal to the task. Endless stream of plates filled with 'sukhadi come out of the kitchen. It comes in different quantities depending on the requirements of the devotees.
'Kali Chaudas' Is one of most important event in Mahudi. That day at least two lakhs people visits here. On that day people come for making knots on thread in which 108 times they chant Mantras and after every mantra read a bell rings. They sits around 'Hanvan' (fire) and read mantras and then spill ghee and other materials into Havan.
'Dhaja Mohatsav' is event in which every year the flags of Dehrasar (Jain Temple) is changed with new ones. On that day too thousands of people are cited.
Temple Foundation stone was laid on 1916 and was completed in 1917 (Gujarati Jain Calender Vikram Era 1974 Magsar Sud Chatt 6). The Temple Complex land was offered(donated) by (Native of Mahudi itself) Seth Shri Vadilal Kalidas Vora one of the follower of 'Yognishta Acharyadev Shrimad Buddhisagarsurisvarji Maharaj Sahebji'. The formed trust was name 'Shri Mahudi (Madhupuri) Jain Murtipujak Trust' by Maharaj Sahebji itself. The Tirth foundation stone layer Shri Vadilal Kalidas Vora was bestowed as First Trustee of the Mahudi Tirth. His legacy is continued to his family heads there after. Apart from Shri Vadilal Kalidas Vora, three more trustees were appointed from village itself - Shri Punamchand Lallubhai Shah, Shri Kankkuchand Narsidas Mehta and Shri Himmatlal Hakamchand Mehta.
Vijapur 10 km from Mahudi.
Vijapur is a municipality city in Mehsana district. Its has a population of 24,805. Its the Birthplace of Shrimad Buddhisagarsuriswarji Maharaj Saheb. After his Holy Death He was cremated at this very place and a huge complex of Samadhi and Guru Mandir was constructed. This Beautiful Derasar (Temple) is located with Samadhi of Shri Buddhisagarji M.S. at Vijapur a major Jain Devotee's attraction.
Aglod Manibhadra Vir Temple 20 km from Mahudi.
Situated nearby from Mahudi, In Aglod, the Temple is surrounded by natural habitat and an amazing greenery and Landscape can be seen. Main temple Mulnayak is Shri Vasupujya Swami. And most attraction carried by Manibhadra Vir (deity) Temple.
Kotyrak Temple 1 km from Mahudi.
A nearby temple of lord Krishna known as Kotyark Temple is worth visiting in Mahudi.
Madhumati River 1 1/2 km from Mahudi.
In Mahudi Village itself one of the tributary of Sabarmati River naming Madhumati flows by besides beautiful landscape and scenery of green and flourished hills.
Himmatnagar 30 km from Mahudi.
Himmatnagar is a town having a municipality in Sabarkantha district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is the administrative headquarter of the district. The name literally means the "Town of Courage". The town is situated on the bank of the river Hathmati. Himatnagar was named after the King Himmat Singh.
Prantij 10 km from Mahudi.
Prantij is a city and a municipality in Sabarkantha district in the Indian state of Gujarat.
Generally the Photograph or replica statue Of Lord Ghantakarna Mahavir are kept in office or home such that arrow points to the door. So it can vanish and keeps out devil's eye.
By Road: Gujarat has one of the better developed road networks in India. Ahmedabad is well connected with all major cities and towns by road. Prominent bus stops are located at Gitamandir near Kalupur Railway Station and Paldi. Regular bus services are available by Gujarat state transport buses and private operators to all the major destinations of the state.
By Rail: The main railway station is located in Kalupur area (Ahmedabad Station). This station falls under the prominent national railway circuit and is connected to all major cities of India. If you are on the western side of the Sabarmati river, then you can go to the Gandhigram station near Ashram road to buy your railway tickets easily. 55 KM near. Other Railway Stations connecting Mahudi PRANTIJ - Sabar Kantha, Prantij 8 KM near. SONASAN - Sabar Kantha, Prantij 10 KM near. HIMMATNAGAR - Sabar Kantha, Himatnagar 22 KM near. DABHODA - Gandhinagar, Dehgam 38 KM near.
By Air: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport at Ahmedabad is an international airport with direct flights to USA, UK, Singapore, Dubai and other international hubs. Numerous domestic flights are also operational from here.
Nearest Towns are Mansa(14.8 k.m.), Gandhinagar(32.1 k.m.), Dehgam(34.4 k.m.), Kalol(40.1 k.m.),
Ajarapura, Amarpura(Kh), Ambod, Anandpura Veda, Pilvai, Pundra, Manekpur, Ladol,..etc. are the villages along with the same Mansa Taluka
Mahudi Trith is most preferred destination for Jains and also for Non-Jains. And also took vital place in Tourism in Gujarat
Information by Maitrik Bharat Vora (Native of Mahudi) (Presently at Mumbai) 9821560610.
Shri Mahudi (Madhupuri) Jain Murtipujak Trust, Mahudi Taluk :- Vijapur, Dist - Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. 382855
Ref: - Maitrik Bharat Vora - 09821560610 (Mumbai).