Lodurva, Amar Sagar Jain Temple at Jaisalmer
While you are at Jaisalmer the ‘Swarna-nagari’ (Golden city) of India, take time to visit Lodurva, the ancient capital of Bhattis-a Rajput clan. It is situated 16km north-west of Jaisalmer city. The town of Lodurva was ransacked several times, by Muslim invaders Mahamud of Ghazni in the 11th century when he was en route to Somnath, Gujarat, and then by Muhammad Ghor in the next century. After Ghori’s invasion Jaisal abandoned Lodurva, and he shifted his capital to Jaisalmer in 1156.
Parshavnath Temple at Lodurva
The main attraction at Lodurva is the Parshavnath temple. It is made of bright yellow sand stones and when we were there at 11 in the morning, the temple had a golden glow over it, mesmerizing us completely. Lord Parsavanath is the 23rd Jain Tirthankar. There were statues of other Tithankaras too. We spent around an hour there marveling the intricate Jaali work, splendid arch at the entrance, and the ruins scattered around.
The temple was destroyed in 1152, but was reconstructed in 1615 by Seth Tharu Shah. Later further additions were commissioned in 1675 and 1687. The inner sanctum of the temple contains an image of Parshvanath in black stone. Statue of Parshavnath has a multi-hooded serpent canopy.
Parshavnath temple complex houses the Kalpavriksha or the celestial tree. It is believed that the celestial tree once grew there. After it died it was substituted by a true to life sculpture in an alloy of eight metals. Thus making it an ‘eternal tree’ symbolizing enlightenment. The copper leaves are believed to have the power to fulfill the wishes of any devotee.
If you are at Jaisalmer just for a day, visit Jaisalmer Fort in the morning, the tour there will take at least 4 hours. Have your lunch and then proceed to Lodurva. Finally to Sam Sand dunes for a camel ride and see a beautiful sunset there. Happy journey!