Vahelna is a small village in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, India. This village is situated on the outskirts of Muzaffarnagar just 4 km away from the city. It has created an important landmark in the history of Muzaffarnagar. Vahelna is an important industrial area of district Muzaffarnagar which is famous for its numerous iron factories. Agriculture is the main occupation of the people. Since, the fertile soil of Muzaffarnagar grows sugarcane in abundance, it is the main crop that is grown by the farmers.
The village Vahelna has also shown a marvellous unity on religious grounds. The Jain Mandir, Shiv Mandir & a Mosque share a common wall which is a great example of Hindu-Muslim unity amongst the people of this village
History of Vahelna
The land of Vahelna is considered as a place of miracles. As per the Jain beliefs there is an interesting story related to this temple. Long back, there were few thieves who used to steal statues from temples for their living. One day, they planned to steal the statues from Vahelna Jain temple and just when they were leaving the premises they fell down over the floor and lost their eyesight. The next morning people understood the whole story seeing the statues lying before them in an intact condition. They, therefore, put these men behind the bars for crime of stealing the idols.
Vahelna Jain Temple
Shri 1008 Parshvnath Digamber Jain Atishye Chetra popularly known as Vahelna Jain Mandir is a major historical & religious place of North India. The temple has an ancient idol of Lord Parshvanatha which is the main attraction of the temple. The campus also has a 57 feet high Manasthamb, Pandukshila, & other relogious places to visit. The campus also has a Naturopathy Hospital & Research centre which is providing help/treatment/management using nature friendly remidies.
Recently, in February 2011, a 31 feet monolith statue of Lord Parshvanatha was also built in the campus with the blessings of Upadhya 108 Shri Nayan Sagar Maharaj which is a major source of attraction these days.