Taranga Tirth

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Mulnayak: The mulnayak of Shwetambar Jain Temple at Shri Taranga Tirth is Shri Ajitnath Bhagwan in Padmasana Posture. The height of the idol is nearly 9 feet tall and the color of idol is white. The mulnayak of Digambar Temple at Shri Taranga Tirth is Shri Rushabhdev Bhagwan. Location: Shri Taranga Tirth is located on the Taranga hill near Kheralu in Mehsana district in the state of Gujarat. The Tirth is located near the Sabarmati River. History & Significance of Tirth: The oldest Jain temple at Taranga Tirth was constructed in 1161 by the king Shri Kumarpal, under the advice of his guru Acharya Shri Hemchandra. This temple is 50 feet long, 100 feet wide and 142 feet high. It has a perimeter of 639 ft (195 m). The 902 ft (275 m) high wooden summit of this temple is beautifully carved. The temple is a fine example of Maru-Gurjara style. The shikhara and the much lower superstructure over the mandapa are both among the ""most complicated"" in the style. Temple has 4 stories. This temple is famous for its tall steeple. Another astonishing thing this temple is famous for is the wood this temple is made with. The wood is Tagar (veleriana hardwickii) wood. This wood is fire extinguishing. That means when caught on fire it won’t burn and instead will oozes out water. This is truly amazing. There are two compounds of the temples, one for Shwetambar sect which has 14 temples and one for Digambar sect which has 5 temples. Taranga became an important Jain pilgrimage site in the 12h century AD. It is said that many munis have attained moksha while meditating on the nearby hill.

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