Rishab Deo Kesariyaji Jain Temple in Udaipur Rajasthan
Architecture of the templeThe main temple consists of black coloured idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev and the idol is also called as Bhagwan Kesariyaji. The idol is called as ‘Kalia Baba’ by the local people since it is made of black colour. The idol of Rishabh Dev is carved out of a single black stone and is of the height of 3.5 feet and lord is sitting in padmasana posture with long hair that touches the shoulders. Near the idol two oxen are carved in the middle which depicts the 16 dreams of Tirtankar’s mother.
Apart from the main idol, there are 23 other idols of which 2 are in standing posture and the remaining are in sitting postures. All these idols are made out of Ashtadathu and encircle the main deity. Just outside the main temple, there are 52 temples and on each pillar a Digamber idol is carved and surrounded by many carved idols.
Marudevi Mata’s idol is carved in the sitting posture on the marble elephant. She is the mother of Bhagwan Rishab Dev and the tourists will also find two elephants that are carved out of black stone at the entrance of the temple. Goddess Chakreshvari idol is kept on the north side of the temple and the idol of Goddess Padmavati adorns the southern side of the temple.
The idol of Bhagwan Rishabh Dev was brought from village Khoonadary which was a prosperous city then and was devastated by the Mughals. This made the devotees to shift the idol to a safer place. This idol was also revered by Poojya Acharya Vidyanand during 8th to 9th century. This Kshetra was renovated and the temple was reconstructed from time to time. Pagliyaji is a place which is two kilometers away from this temple where the footprints of Lord Rishabh Dev are kept in the cenotaph and was worshipped by the devotees.
The birth anniversary of Lord Rishabh Dev is celebrated in great fervor by carrying out the procession from the temple to the cenotaph during the month of Chaitra. It is said that the deity of Kesariyaji fulfills all the wishes as well as the desires of the devotees. Pilgrims from the surrounding states also throng this temple and worship by offering Kesar to the Bhagwan.