Shri Rishabh Dev Digambar Jain Atishaya Kshetra known as
Kesariyaji is situated in the village Dhulev 40 km from Udaipur (Rajasthan). This Jain Atishaya Kshetra is situated at the bank of river
Koyal (Kumarika) and surrounded by the hills of Arawali Mountain Range.
The town of Rikhabdev is also known as Dhulev as the Bhil Dhula had once protected the idol and worshipped it at this place.
Shri Rishabhdeo temple is is an ancient temple
and one of the four main pilgrimages of the Jains.
Rikhabdeo temple is a centre of devotion not only for Jains, but for Meena tribals, Bhils and Vaishnavites
and other casts. Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
is also referred as Keshariyaji, since pilgrims offer immense quantity of saffron to the
lord during puja..
The main temple of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev or Kesariyaji
In the main temple black color idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev (Adinath) is installed
Due to the tradition of worship of the idol by saffron (Kesar)it is famous by Baghwan kesariyaji. In local and tribal public
the idol is famous as Kalia Baba due to its black color.
In the temple, the idol of Lord Rishabh Dev is 3.5 feet tall is carved out of a single piece of black stone. Lord Rishabh Dev
idol is in sitting 'padmasana posture and his long hair touches the shoulders. On the platform where the idol is seated, two oxen are carved in the middle. These oxen also represent the 16 dreams of Tirthankar's mother.
Besides the main idol, there are 23 other idols and out of them, 2 are standing and 21 are in a sitting position. All these idols are made up of Ashtadhatu
and encircle the idol of Lord Rishabhdeo. Outside of 52 temples on each pillar Digambar idol are carved and in the back of pinnacles there also exist so many idols carved.
Just before the courtyard and in front of the main temple there is an idol of Marudevi Mata, the mother of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev, seated on a marble elephant.
There are two elephants that are carved out of black stone in the entrance of the temple. In the north, there is the image Goddess
Chakreshvari adorns the site and in the south is the image of goddess Padmavati.
Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
It is said that the artistic idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev was brought
at Rishabhdeo temple
Dhulev from a village Khoonadary. According to the ruins found
there it shows that in ancient time Khoonadary was a prosperous city. In Mughal period due to attacks on Khoonadary and killing of cows,
the devotees shifted the idol at safer place. It is
said that this idol was reverenced by Acharya Vidyanand in 8th – 9th century.
According to some ancient petrographs found here, this Kshetra was renovated time to time.
In an ancient petrograph belongs to V. S. 1431, the temple was reconstructed by ‘Poonja’
and ‘Kota’ sons of Shah Harda being impressed by the precepts of Bhattarak Dharm
Kirti. In a Second petrograph belongs to V. S. 1572,
impressed by the preaches of Bhattarak Yash Kirti, a Mandapa & Nav Chauki was
constructed in village Dhulev. In a Third petrograph belongs to V. S.
1753 during the period of Bhattarak Surendra Kirti, a temple of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev was constructed
and reverenced by the family of ‘Bhojasa’ – the son of
Sanghavi Aalha and a Dev Kulika The Fourth petrograph belongs to V. S. 1863, is fixed in northern wall of rampart of the temple.
According to this fourth petrograph the fort was constructed
and reverenced by Vaje Chand of Sagwora.at the time of Bhattarak Yash Kirti.
Nearly 2km from Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
temple there is a place known as Pagliyaji, where the footprints of Lord Rikhabdev are placed in a cenotaph and worshipped.
The annual procession in the month of Chaitra
(this year on March 8, 2010) on the birthday of the Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
proceeds from the temple to Pagliyaji where Puja is performrd.
Every tear a big fair is held in the month of Chaitra Krishna 8 & 9
( this year March 8, 2010) on the birthday of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev
arranged by Devsthan. Large number of devotees from Rajasthan,
Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra and other states assembles here
to offer Kesar (saffron) to Rishabh Dev also known as Kesariyaji. It is said that the deity of Kesariyaji fulfills all
the wishes and desires of his worshippers
Shri Rishabh Dev Digambar Jain Atishaya Teerth Kshetra
Place & Post - Rishabh Dev, Taluka – Khairwara, District –
Udaipur (Raj.) Pin–313802
Shri Rishabh Dev Digambar Jain Teerth Raksha Committee
Place & Post - Rishabh Dev, Taluka – Khairwara,
District–Udaipur (Raj.) Pin – 313802 Phone 029072-230252
Bhattaraka Yash Kirti Dharmarth Trust- 15 Normal Rooms, 10 Deluxe Rooms. Mess Facility is also available.
K. P. Dharmashala - 20 Normal Rooms, 60 Semi-Deluxe Rooms, 40 Deluxe Rooms, 8 AC Rooms. Mess Facility is also available.
Temple Dharmashala- 85 Normal Rooms, 100 Semi-Deluxe Rooms,20 Deluxe Rooms.Items like utensils, bed, tent etc. are available.
Road: - Busses and taxies are available from Udaipur to Rishabh Dev.
Train: - Rishabh Dev Road Railway Station at a distance of 12 km from Udaipur – Ahmedabad Line.
Airport: - Udaipur
Adhikarishri, Bhandar Dhulevshri Risabhdev Mandir, Devasthan Vibhag,