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30 Jan 2015
Pratishtha Mahotsav of Shree Pallaviya Parshwanath Celebrated in Palanpur

The Shree Palanpur Pratishta Mahotsav at the Shree Pallaviya Parshwanath mandir was celebrated on Monday Jan 26, 2015 (Vikram Samvat Varsh 2071, Maha sood 7). The day will be marked as an auspicious one in the glorious heritage of the city, because after a gap of many years  the Punar-Pratishta of Shree Pallaviya Parshwanth Prabhuji was completed at the reconstructed temple.

At the same time the flag of the deity was unfurled over the top of the Kalash  (to represent symbolic presence of the Jinashasan).

On this special occasion, a number of traditional rites and rituals including devotional bhajans, stutis, songs were sung, many oil lamps  (deeps) were lit in all the prominent places of the temple, Asho palav leaves were draped all around, Chandarva ( a typical and colourful Shamiana) were put up. Additionally, there were coin shaped mirrors ( Abhala) strewn and sewn in it, and many colourful carpets were spread  for the devotees. A Chariot ( Rath) yatra was held, and the procession welcomed the symbolic entry of the Almighty ( Prabhu na Pokhna lidha). All the scheduled rituals & poojas were conducted by the devotees with great enthusiasm and fervour.

A special pravachan (discourse) was delivered by Maharaj Saheb Shree  UdaykirtiSagarsuriishvarji. There were community group meals for the ten-day festival which were enjoyed by devotees. There were lot of programmes like music, songs, aartis, etc  related with the function.

Popularly known as the Mota Derasar, the Pallaviya Parshwanathji temple is believed to be around 1200 years old and is considered to be among the oldest temples in north Gujarat. It was built by King Prahladhan. The old temple had been badly damaged due to earthquakes and other natural calamities, and the reconstruction of the new temple had commenced in 2008. At that time the idols were shifted to nearby Upashray.

The Prabhuji Pravesh ceremony of Parshwanathji, the 23rd among the 24 tirthankaras at the newly reconstructed Pallaviya Parshwanathji temple in Palanpur was held in September.


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