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Shree Nakoda Ji
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This village was known by the names of Nagara, Viramapura and Maheva at different times in the history. When Nakoda Parsva Jain temple was made this village gained popularity by the name of Nakoda. Nakoda is a holy place of the Jains.
Mulnayak is a nearly 58 cm high black-colored idol of Parshva in the lotus position. Today Nakodaji is worldwide famous for miracles at Nakodaji. There is a famous miracle still seen that in the darbar of Nakoda Jain Temple, all the diyas which are there, bows down to the Jain Sadhus as a respect of their position which is higher than any king in the world.
Nakoda ji is one of the famous Jain temple of India. This sacred tirtha is at a distance of 13 km from Balotara Railway station and 1 km from Mewad city. It is situated in the forest in the hills. In this tirtha with a charming natural atmosphere all-around, we have an idol of Mulnayaka Shri Parshvanath Bhagavan. It is black in complexion, 58 cm in height and in Padmasana posture. The idols is extremely charming and miraculous. The miracles of the presiding deity of this spot, Shri Bhairavaji Maharaj are well-known. We have a reference which states that the ancient name of Nakoda was Virampur. It is said that in the third century before the Vikrama era, two brothers, Shri Virasen and Shri Nakoresen raised two villages Virampur and Nakorenagar at a distance of twenty miles. They also get constructed two temples of Shri Chandraprabhu Bhagavan and Shri Suparshva Bhagavan.
The main idol is that of Shri Nakoda Parsvanatha. This statue was brought here from the village Nakoda which is near Sinduri., hence the place is called Nakoda Parsvanath temple. But this alone is not the attraction of the temple. The idol of Shri Nakoda Bheruji was installed by Acharya Shri Vijay Himachal Suri who also established idols of other Teerthankars in this temple.
This is a very ancient temple and the construction work has been going over the centuries. This place has become a pilgrimage that people from every religion visits here. The devotees believe that every particle of this wholly pilgrimage of Nakoda is sacred. This is a universal feeling that entry into the place is very pleasing. Elam and tranquility descends upon the visitor. A feeling of Divine bliss is around. This is also believed that who so ever is pays visit here, has his wishes fulfilled.
Although the temple is very ancient one but from time to time renovations and repairs and additions have been made to the temple. So it is in a very sound position. The temple has about 246 inscriptions which amply show that over the centuries, the temple was extended, renovated, rebuilt and additions were made to it. Even today the construction work is continuing.
How to reach it
It is among the hills in the distant forest at a distance of 13 kilometers from Balotra.
The Nakoda can be reach by road also. The nearest town is Balotra which is 12 km from Nakoda temples. The distance of some cities from Nakoda temples is:
- Jodhpur=100 km
- Balotra =12 km
- Barmer=110 km
- Pachpadra=25 km
- Ahmedabad= 400 km
- Jaipur = 452 km
- New Delhi = 709 km
- Mumbai = 923 km
- Indore = 674 km
- Bhopal = 810 km