Panchasara Parshwanath Jain Derasar

Panchasara Parshwanath temple is a Jain temple located in Patan, Gujarat.


Vanaraja Chavda (c. 746 CE to c. 780 CE), the most prominent ruler of the Chavda dynasty established the territory of Patan in 746 CE and built the Panchasara Parshwanath temple with main idol of Parshvanatha brought from Panchasar village.

During the rule of Chaulukya dynasty (or Solanki dynasty), Patan was a major pilgrimage centre of Jainism. There are more than 100 temples in the region. The temple was rebuilt in the 16th-17th century after destruction by Muslim invaders.


This temple is one of the largest temple in Patan. The temple is dedicated to Shwetambar sect of Jainism. The temple is built with white marble with rich stonework with sacred carvings. The central idol is an 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) tall marble idol of Parshvanatha is completely covered in parikara with image of Padmavati holding 2 lotuses in upper hand, noose in right and goad in left hand. In Shvetambara tradition, idols tends to derive their name from a geographical region, the Pañcásar Parshvanath is one of 108 prominent idols of Parshvanath idols. The temple also houses an idol of Vasupujya in padmasan position sitting on big lotus with long stalk. The idol has images of yakshi and yaksha on both sides and the sculpture is covered with foliage of Chaitya tree to commemorate the penance of Vasupujya. The temple also houses idols of Jain monk Kakkasuri, Devachandrasuri and Yashodevsuri.

Hemachandrayacharya Jain Gyan Mandir is an ancient library built by Hemachandra.This library is one of the most important Jain libraries in Gujarat and the collection includes several ancient palm-leaf manuscripts. The temple also houses a paper manuscript of Parshvanathacaritra.

How to get there

By Road: Intercity buses from Ahmedabad to Patan take 3.5 hours, and 1 hour from Mehsana. Shared jeeps are slightly quicker, but less comfortable.

By Rail: Patan has its own railway station. Nearby railway station is Mehsana, which is 1 hour away from Patan by bus.

By Air: The nearest airport from Patan is Ahmedabad, situated at a distance of 125 km. The airport here, in turn is connected to International and Indian cities. Patan has a railway station for easy access.

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