Shri Pavapuri Jain tirth is built by K.P. Sanghvi trust in 1998 and this temple is completed in 2001. Shree Pavapuri temple is situated in the Sirohi district of Rajasthan in northwestern India. Rajasthan was known as the land of wars and brave warriors but this changed when Jain saints came to Rajasthan preaching peace and non-violence. Ahinsa (non-violence) is the fundamental principle forming the cornerstone of Jainism’s ethics and doctrine.
It is famous as a Jain Tirth (temple complex) and Jeev Raksha Kendra (animal welfare centre). Shree Pavapuri temple derived its name from the Pavada agriculture well that exists there. A shining example of Jain temples, art, architecture and culture.
This complex leaves visitors enthralled and enshrined in the pure values that have percolated through its temples through generations. The blissful and therapeutic state of mind and peace experienced in Pavapuri cannot be put into words as it can only be felt deep within one’s soul. The calm, beautiful, scenic and vast complex of Pavapuri sits ensconced amidst the contemplative Aravalli mountain range just like a pearl shining bright on the ocean bed.
HISTORY OF CARING
The K.P. Shanghvi group has always cared deeply about religion, culture and society. This empathic and caring aspect was the very basis on which the Pavapuri temple was founded. Pavapuri temple is a holy and sacred spot that stands on the roots of religious values, spiritual principles and devotion towards the divine. The KP Shanghvi group’s devotion and dedication are what made this dream turn into reality. Centuries-old traditions and rituals are alive and breathing today in Pavapuri, and the history of Jainism is carefully preserved and enshrined in the name of Shree Pavapuri Tirth-JeevMaitridham
SHREE PAVAPURI JAIN TIRTH
Shri Kumarpalbhai V. shah inspired the founders of K.P. Sanghvi group, Late Shri Hazarimal ji Poonam Chand ji Shanghvi and Shri Babulal Ji Poonam Chand Ji Shanghvi (Bafna), to construct a Tirth Dham. They started construction and development of the campus on May 30, 1998 (Jeth Sukhla 15, 2054 V.S.). the initial thought was to construct a temple and a shelter for 100 cows but by God’s grace, the campus has now spread to over more than 238 acres of land that provide shelter to no less than 7500 stray cattle. The temple includes a Jain Tirth (temple complex) occupying 31,01,472sq. ft. area and Jeev Raksha Kendra (Animal Welfare Centre) occupying 71,96,112sq.ft. area.
Shri Pavapuri Temple took two and a half years to construct and around 400 artisans working daily. The pink stone is used in its construction which adds to its beauty.
On February 7, 2001(Magh Shukla 14,2057 V.S.), a beautiful temple 68 feet wide and 47 feet tall entrance completed and opened for worship. Thousands of devotees witnessed the Pratishtha Mahotsav (opening ceremony) of the Tirth Dham with spellbound piety and fervour.
The temple complex is dotted with small dome-shaped temples standing in resplendent glory, dedicated to various venerated Gods and Goddess. The domes of these temples are adorned with gold plated Kalash, which makes the temple complex a sight to behold. A garden and a lake have also been constructed in the complex to add to the religious and spiritual ambience of the place. Pavapuri also has a check dam that collects and stores rainwater, which fulfils various water requirements. The main idol is surrounded with Ashat partiality (the 8 heroic presentations) and Panch Tirtha (the 5 Tirthankara raj) established on a pedestal (Prabhashan) carved with elephants, Yakshas and Goddess.
SHREE PAVAPURI TEMPLE COMPLEX
Shree Pavapuri Temple is very vast and has other temples also like Veer Manibhadra, Shree Nakoda Bhairav, Shree Shashandevi, Shree Padmavati Devi and Kuldevi Shree Sachchiya (Ossia) Mataji. This pink stone Jain Tirth temple has natural surroundings and also a Gaushala (Jeev Raksha Kendra- Animal Welfare Centre) which provide shelter to 7500 stray cattle. Modern Dharamshala and Bhojanshala facilities are available here.
CARING FOR RELIGION
This pious land of Pavapuri is blessed by the presence of numerous Jain saints and tyaagis (ascetics)who come to Pavapuri to attain peace and seek divine interventions in their lives. Their bhakti Sandesh (religious preaching) and beliefs have left a mark on Pavapuri. It is believed that Jainism is an ancient human existence and through the Pavapuri Tirth Dham, the KP Sanghvi group aims to preserve and care for the invaluable religion and its values and culture.
The Shri Shankeshwar Parshvanath Jinalay is the main temple of Pavapuri. It is 68 feet wide and 47 feet tall temple constructed from Banshipur stone and carvings are done by artists from Odisha. In the Garbhagriha (main sanctum) a 69-inch-tall marble idol of Shree Shankeshwar Parshvnath presides over this temple complex. The sheer beauty of this idol doesn’t just captivate the mind and soul but also leaves one in spiritual bliss in the divine presence of the lord. Just outside on each side, there is a gold idol of Shree Mahavir Swami Bhagwan and Shree Gautam Swami. They both weigh three and a half kilograms and have been placed in the rang mandap.
The Pratishtha was graced by the presence of Param PujyaPadh Aacharya Bhagwant Shrimad Vijay Kalapurnasurishwarji Maharaj Saheb along with 16 other Acharyas, 60 sadhus and 400 sadhvis on the 7th February 2001. At the entrance of the Pavapuri Jain Mandir, there is a Kesar Kalash from where you can collect Kesar, rice, coconut, flowers and other offerings for god.
OHTER TEMPLES IN PAVAPURI DHAM
It is a temple dedicated to the 24th Tirthankara Bhagwan Mahaveer. The temple is named after the famous Jal mandir situated at Pavapuri in Bihar, the nirvana place of Lord Mahaveer. The Jal mandir consists of Chaumukhi (four) marble idols of the 24th Tirthankara, Shree Mahaveer Swami Bhagwan. The installation of this mesmerizing temple was done by Aacharya Bhagwant Shrimad Vijay HemchandraSurishwar Maharaj Saheb and Aacharya Bhagwant Shri GunratnaSuriswarji Maharaj Saheb in the presence of 6 Aacharya Bhagwant, 50 sadhus (monks) and 150 sadhvis (nuns) on the 1st May 2009. Behind the Jal Mandir, there are 24 trees under which each Tirthankara achieved Kevalgyan.
There are 8 guru mandirs on either sides of the Jal mandir dedicated to
- Bhagwant Shri Ratna Prabha Suriji
- Prampujiya Aacharya Bhagwant Shri Vadi Dev Suriji
- Prampujiya Aacharya Bhagwant Shri Hemchandra Aacharya Suriji
- Prampujiya Aacharya Bhagwant Shri Aanandhayi Suriji
- Prampujiya Aacharya Bhagwant Shri Sumati Sundar Suriji
- Prampujiya Aacharya Bhagwant Shri Khinavijayji
- Prampujiya Aacharya Bhagwant Shri Laxmi Suriji
- Prampujiya Aacharya Bhagwant Shri Prem Suriji
SHRI GAUTAM SWAMI CIRCLE
Just opposite the Jal mandir is Gautam Swami Circle. It is present along with the other 10 Gandhara of Mahaveer Swami Bhagwan. In the front of the circle is the statue of late Shri Hajarimalji Sanghvi, the founder of KP Sanghvi group and Pavapuri. He was originally Indrabhuti a very learned Hindu brahmin who accepted Jainism after Bhagwan cleared all his doubts even before he could ask. After taking Diksha Gautam Swami became the first disciple of Mahaveer Swami Bhagwan. Following him other 10 brahmins also cleared their doubts and took Diksha and in all, they became the 11 Gandhara’s who carried forward the teachings of Bhagwan Mahaveer.
SACHIYA MATA TEMPLE
Sachiya Mata is the family goddess of the Oswals. Realizing the virtues of Param Pujya Shree Ratan Prabha Suriji, the king and Kshatriyas of Osia embraced Jainism as their religion and gave up the practice of sacrificing the animals at the feet of goddess Durga, but continued to worship the goddess, renamed as “Sachiya Mata” and the goddess became their kuldevi (family goddess) signify their place and religion.
Guru Mandir is situated on the left side of Jal mandir and is a shrine dedicated to Aacharya Shri KalapurnSuriji Maharaj Saheb who performed the Pranpratishtha of the main temple of Shri Shankeshwar Parshavnath Bhagwan on 7th February 2001. He was one of the renowned Jains Aacharya of his time and till date. Inside the Guru mandir, there is an idol of him along with his belongings being displayed such as his spectacles, navkarwali and books.
Aacharya Shri was born on Vikramsamwath 1980 vishaksudhjbeej (5-5-924) in Phalodi, Rajasthan to mother Shrimati ShamabenPabudandji Lukkad and father Shri Pabudandji Lakshimchandji Lukkad. At the age of 30 years, he took Diksha in Phalodi under his guru Param Pujya Aacharya Shri Kanaksurishwarji Maharaj Saheb. He lived a very disciplined life as per the principles of Jainism and dies at the age of 78 years at Kesavana.
DHYANVATIKA (MEDITATION GARDEN)
A sacred idol of the 2nd Tirthankara, Shri Ajithnath Bhagwan is placed in the ‘Dhyan Vatika’. This is an area where visitors can enjoy peace and calm and devote themselves to the meditation of the almighty by praying with the rosary of 108 beads by repeating the name of a deity or a mantra(prayer). The surrounding nature adds to the serene atmosphere and allows oneself to leave behind worldly affairs and move towards an inwards journey of one soul.
The Rath Ghar is the resting place of stunning Raths(carriages) made of silver and wood with intricate detailing and marvellous craftsmanship. These Raths are used during the Rath Yatras at the time of festivals.
Just outside at the footsteps of the main temple of Shri Shankeshwar Bhagwan on the right-hand side, there is the Kalpavriksha, also known as Kalpataru, Kalpadruma and Kalpapādapa. It is believed to be a wish-fulfilling divine tree in Jainism which existed during the Yuglik Era. It was a popular belief during the Yuglik Era that the various needs of Yugals such as clothes, jewellery, eatables, homes etc. were provided by the Kalpavriksha.
First Tirthankara Shree Rishabhdev has spent his childhood in the shades of such Kalpavriksha. Kalpavriksha is very well defined and explained in Jain Aagams, Shree Thanang Sutra and LaghuKshetra Samas commentary, etc. As per the Jain religious beliefs, there are 10 types of Kalpavriksha. The types of things provided by them are unimaginable. They are Panang, Turyag, Bhushanang, Vastrang, Bhojanang, Aalyang, Deepang, Bhajnang Maalangand Tejang.
As you climb down the steps of the main temple, the second shrine on the left-hand side is of the Shri Nakoda Bhairava. Nakoda Bhairava is the protective male deity famous in the land of Rajasthan for his miraculous powers of being able to grant boons.
The deity is of stone smeared in red sindoor of paste and has four hands holding a bowl, a drum, a sword and Trishul or trident. Devotees do darshan, puja and sing bhajans in order to do bhakti of this deity.
Devotees do darshan, puja and sing bhajans in order to do bhakti of this deity.
As you climb down the steps of the main temple, the first shrine on the left-hand side is of Yaksha Manibhadraveer. As per Jainism Manibhadraveer was a Jain shravak born in Ujjain and a staunch follower of Guru Maharaj HemvimalSuriji. Following his preaching, he dedicated himself to travel to Palitana on foot and end his 2 days fast under the Ryan tree. On the auspicious day of Kartik Poornima when he was busy in his meditation of the Navkar mantra some decoits attacked and killed him. While saving others his body was severe by his head, upper body and lower body which fell in three different places i.e. his lower body fell in Magarwada in Gujarat, his upper body in Aglod in Gujarat and his head fell in Ujjain. Devotees do darshan, puja and sing bhajans in order to do bhakti of this deity.
HARINGAMISHI DEV AND SURGHOSHA GHANT
Haringamishi Dev is the chief commander of Lord Indra.
When a Tirthankara is born Indra ask him to gather all the gods to come and celebrate the birth of the lord by organizing a snatramahotsav.
As per the order of Lord Indra, Haringamishi Dev gets one yojan big and loud bell called sugoshaghant and ring it 3 times as a signal for all 32 lakh Dev to take their vehicle and reach meruparvat for the celebration.
As you step down from the main temple, the first shrine on the left side is dedicated to Shri Padmavati Devi. As per Jainism, the 23rd Tirthankara Bhagwan Parshvnath saved a pair of Nag and Nagin while being burnt alive in a log of wood by tapas Kamath. They subsequently were reborn as Indra Dharanendra and Padmavati Devi. They protected Lord Parshvnath while he was harassed by Meghmati.
Padmavati as the name depicts is seated on the lotus flower and a snaked hood covering her head. Lord Parshvnath is seen placed on her crown. She has four arms carrying a noose, rosemary, elephant goad lotus and fruit. She is yakshi or the attendant goddess of Parshvnath Bhagwan. She is worshipped using sandalwood powder.
OSIYA MATA DEVI
As we step out from the main temple, on the left side of the staircase is a small shrine dedicated to Osiya Mata. Osia Mata is also known as Saachiya Mata is the kuldevi of the Osi-ya clan to which the KP Shangvi family belongs to. People worship her as she is supposed to be an ancestral tutelary who protects the clan at times of misfortune. On every sudhekadashilaapsi and coconut are offered to the deity. She is worshipped using sandalwood powder.
The original temple of Osiya Mata is at Osiyaji town near Jodhpur (Raj.) which is to be the origin of the Oswal community. Devotees believe that she comes in different swaroops (forms) to help her bhaktas(devotees) that are troubling.
On your way to Jal mandir on the left-hand side, we see a small shrine of Maa Ambika Devi. This shrine was present here in the original plot bought and reconstructed by the trustee family keeping its original deity idol intact. She is believed to protect her devotees at times of trouble. She is worshipped using sandalwood powder.
VIJAY SETH AND SETHANI
On the right-hand side of the Jal Mandir, we see a small shrine of Vijay Seth and Sethani. As per the Jain scriptures, Vijay Seth at a very young age had taken the oath of observing brahmacharya during the Shukla paksha for a lifetime (i.e., from new moon to full moon). When he reached the age of marriage, he married Vijaya Sethani who also had at a very young age taken the oath of observing brahmacharya krushnapaksh (i.e., Fortnite from full moon to no moon or lunar phase of the month).
After marriage when both got to know of each other’s oath they decided to observe brahmacharya (chastity) and slept with an open sword between them for a lifetime. On the day someone knows about their secret they decided they both take Diksha.
When Seth Jindas came to know about it both Vijay Seth and Sethani renounced the world and take Diksha.
SHRIPAL RAJA AND MAYASUNDARI
On the left-hand side of the Jal mandir, we see a small shrine of Raja Shrenik and Mayasundari who had unquestioned faith in Karma theory and practice of navpadambiloli.
The religious tale is based on the lives of 2 Jain devotees, King Shripal and his wife Mayasundari who continuously worshipped the Navpad of Siddhachakraji despite several difficulties and attained liberation.
King Shripal’s father had been killed by his uncle who also tried to kill him. To save the little prince the queen ran away with him and left him with the group of people suffering from leprosy to protect and take care of him. Staying and travelling with them he too caught the infection and his body became deformed.
On the other side, King Prajapal of Ujjain had two daughters Roopsundari and Mayasundari. Both princesses knew all 64 female arts. One day the king questions them about the attainment of merits. Mayasundari replies that one gets all merits by virtue of one’s own Karmas during this or previous life and not due to someone’s favour or wrath. This upsets the king and he decides to get her married to the first person to pass by who happens to be King Shripal who is suffering from leprosy.
Mayasundari accepts this as her fate of Karmas and happily married him and leaves. Mayasundari on her faith and belief start doing Ambil tap and worships nav pad of Siddhachakraji. on completion of Ambil Oli when the water is sprinkled on Shripal his body is cured and he turns into a handsome man again thereby proving the rightness of karma theory.
As you go towards the Gaushala on the left- hand side is the Maa Sarasvati temple inside the Swadhyan Vatika. Sarasvati Devi is also revered in Jainism as Goddess of knowledge and regarded as a source of all learnings. Sarasvati is depicted in a standing posture with 4 hands, one holding text, the other holding the rosary and two hands holding veena. Sarasvati is seated on a lotus with a peacock as her vehicle. She is worshipped using sandalwood powder.
GRAHA NAKSHATRA RASHI VATIKA
Nakshatra Vatika is an astral themed garden created with a perfect combination of Ayurveda, Botany, Astrology and Zodiac landscaping. As per Hindu mythology, each person has their tree as per their astrological status decided by the constellation in which the moon remains at the time of the birth of the child.
As per astrology, there are 27 Nakshatras, each with its tree. Having these trees in the vicinity and bring about positive and spirited vibes, and has great mental health benefits.
The garden was designed with Indian astrology and faith in mind. Below each tree, specific chants are inscribed that can be recited. One can visit this beautiful garden to be mentally and spiritually rejuvenated, and to find inner peace.
The KP Sanghvi Group is a keen believer in preserving culture for posterity – the magnificent Pavapuri Temple is testimony to this philosophy. Under the able aegis of Pavapuri, the KP Sanghvi Group has been protecting, restoring and honouring the various strands of Jainism – the language, religion, culture, values, stories, art and architecture. Pavapuri is truly a shining example of preserving the beauty of Jainism through art and literature.
The Museum displays pieces that depict the most memorable events of the Tirthankaras’ lives.
It is a beautiful place for art lovers and devotees to gain wisdom into the lives of important figures in the history of Jainism. All the works in the art gallery here are connected with Jainism in some way or another.
The spread of Jainism in various parts of India has resulted in a significant contribution to Indian art and architecture and this mesmerizing gallery is a small part of that contribution. Over 50 painters have created the 108 paintings displayed in the gallery in four and a half years.
This quaint and peaceful library is a treasure trove of information for book lovers. Visitors can enrich their knowledge by reading books on religion as well as various other subjects, in different languages. Books on Jainism can be found in plenty, and pilgrims are often found engrossed in reading about the Divine; seeking peace, calm, and wisdom in their lives. Spiritual knowledge is important to instil forgotten virtues like forgiveness and compassion in today’s world.
Lord Mahavir’s preaching was orally compiled by his disciples who were called “Gandhara”, into many texts. All the disciples possessed perfect knowledge (keval-gyaan). They compiled the preaching of Lord Mahavir into twelve main texts, the copies of which can also be found here.
ONE WHO NEGLECT OR DISREGARDS THE EXISTENCE OF EARTH, AIR, WATER AND VEGETATION, DISREGARDS HIS OWN EXISTENCE WHICH IS ENTWINED WITH THEM. -Lord Mahavir Swami
The Trust har tried creating an environment rich in nature. The campus has 1,08,751 trees planted among which are neem, kalpavruksh, mango and other fruiting flowering and medicinal plants. Behind the Jal Mandir, there are 24 trees under which each Tirthankara achieved kevalgyan.
In an effort to be conscious of our impact on the environment the trust practices rainwater harvesting with the help of a check dam. They also reuse greywater (the relatively clean wastewater from baths, sinks, washing machine and other kitchen appliances) for plantation purposes. Additionally, 864 solar panels have been set up at Pavapuri as an initiative towards green energy. These solar panels help fulfil 80% of Pavapuri’s yearly electricity needs.
To manage the requirement of water, Pavapuri Jain Tirth Dham has built a reservoir. This reservoir allows for the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to be wasted. The conserved water is used for gardening, livestock, irrigation and domestic use. The harvested water can also be used as drinking water, for longer-term storage and other purposes such as groundwater recharge.
To manage the requirement of water, Pavapuri Jain Tirth Dham has built a reservoir. This reservoir allows the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to be wasted. The conserved water is used for gardens, livestock, irrigation, domestic use etc. the harvested water can also be used as drinking water, for longer-term storage and for other purposes such a groundwater recharge.
This place is extremely favourable in terms of the environment. In all, about 1,10,000 trees have been planted here. This is also a garden called Griha Nakshatra Vatika where trees have been planted as per astronomical constellations.
All the trees under which the 24 Jain Tirthankars have attained enlightenment can be found here.
SOLAR ENERGY PLANT
As the green initiative, Pavapuri Jain Tirth installed a 300 KW Solar Power Plant, which fulfils the entire Tirth electrical energy requirement. For maintenance-free operation, self – operated robot cleaning system enhance the productivity of the Solar Plant.
CARING FOR ANIMALS
Jainism is a religion that advocates complete non-violence towards all living things. The concept of Ahimsa (non-violence) is so much intertwined with Jainism that it conjures up images of ascetics who cover their mouths and sweep the ground before them with small brushes to avoid injuring even the most minuscule forms of life.
The KP Sanghvi Group under the oath of compassion and mercy has established a remarkable institution to honour this philosophy. Over the years, the Jain community has always been the vanguard of taking care of the animals without any monetary expectations. Following the same path of Jainism, the organization take care of mostly sick, injured, old, retired, homeless and rescued stray cattle.
Our culture has always granted a place of prominence to different livestock wherein the cow is compared to a mother. The Jain community has always led the way in showing mercy towards animals and birds. It was to further and continue this tradition of Jeev Daya (mercy towards the living); that the KP Sanghvi Group thought of building a Gaushala (Cow shelter) with a capacity for 100 cows to begin with. Over the years the Gaushala has expanded in size and capacity and holds over 5,100 cows as of 2019.
Through the Shri Sumati Jeev Raksha Kendra, arrangements have also been made to feed stray dogs in about 121 villages surrounding Pavapuri. Additionally, a Pakshighar has been constructed to feed various grains and water to the nearby birds.
SHREE SUMATI JEEV RAKSHA KENDRA
The first phase of the Gaushala was inaugurated by Shri Natwarlalji Mohanlalji Shah of Dhanera, in the year 1998. The second phase of Gaushala was inaugurated by ‘Shri Ashok Gehlot’ (Honorable Chief Minister of Rajasthan) in the year 2001.
Shree Sumati Jeev Raksha Kendra is a Gaushala (Cow Shelter) that extends over more than 70,00,000 sq. ft. There is an idol of the Arihant Bhagwan at the centre of the complex which helps create a spiritual ambience for the animals present in it. The sacred Navkar Mantra is played throughout the day in these shelters which transforms the place into a centre of divine presence even for cows.
As of 2019, there are approximately 5100 cattle here. More than four types of livestock including cows, calves, bullocks, and oxen are sheltered here. To avoid any difficulty in managing this service, the herds of difficult livestock are categorized into different wards. There are even some wards that only maintain sick cattle that are treated with utmost care. Most of the cattle are old, sick and injured or saved from slaughterhouses.
A dedicated staff of 175 employees including professionally qualified veterinary doctors and assistants is employed to look after the ill and ailing sheltered animals. These doctors and assistants are provided permanent residential quarters within the shelter premises so that cattle are attended round the clock. Video conferencing facilities are also at hand for consulting doctors around the country and internationally.
The cattle are provided with fans and hay beds in their shelter for comfort. Over a hundred sheds with asbestos and in roofs have been constructed specifically for cows and other stray cattle. The shelter has 42 RCC roof sheds and 153 tin sheds for animals.
GAUMATA (THE SACRED COW)
FODDER FOR CATTLE
All the cattle are fed in accordance with the tenets of Jainism like Navakarsi in the morning and Chauvihar in the evenings. The shelter has provisions for clean and pure water, which is filtered and stored in clean tanks constructed specially for the animals. Food for the cattle is prepared according to the Jain beliefs of sanctity and purity. This includes green grass hay, nutritious cattle food, oil cakes, jaggery, invigorating sweets, pulses, etc.
There are 10 large and small storage sheds (Bhandar Ghars) to store the hay that is imported from various states of the country. Larger sheds have the capacity to store a month’s fodder for the cattle. Shree Sumati Jeev Raksha Kendra has also installed 1 electrically operated cutting machine to ensure that the green grass is properly cut making it easier for the cattle to eat and reduce waste.
Hundreds of acres of fertile land owned by the trust around the shelter are used to cultivate Jowar, Bajra and Maize to ensure that the animals in the shelter get high- quality food.
Amongst all the cows that dwell here, about 150 cows produce milk, which is fed to their calves and other motherless calves are fed milk with the help of feeding bottles and the rest is used for the Lord’s worship and sent to various Jain temples for worship in 30 surroundings villages at no cost. Other than this, the milk is also used to make ‘Ghee’.
OTHER ANIMALS AND BIRDS
All the animals in this shelter are cared for selflessly with love and affection and every care is taken to create a religious and spiritual ambience around them.
Not only cows but pigeons are also fed through a special bird feeder that has been built at the Pavapuri Jain temple. Through Shri Sumati Jeev Raksha Kendra, arrangements have also been made to feed stary dogs in about 121 villages surrounding Pavapuri.
Pavapuri Farm is located at the foothills of Mount Abu with a vast area having ample water supply and green vegetation Pavapuri Farm is spread over 1,39,39,200 sq. ft. and has 10 water wells. It presently accommodates 1500 cattle, however; it has an accommodation capacity of more than 4000 cattle. Jinjva grass is also produced on this land.
Mr Ramavtar Aggarwal, office Secretary of the All-India Gaushala Federation says that of more than 3000 gaushalas in India; Shri Sumati Jeev Raksha Kendra (Gaushala, Pavapuri Rajasthan) is one of the biggest in India.
In the Hindu religion, donating a cow is considered the highest paid of piety. It is said that GauDaan (‘Gau’ means cow and ‘Daan’ means donation) of a cow dissolves all your sins and brings blessings from the gods. But if one cannot afford to donate a cow, he or she can certainly feed the cow. At an individual level, people usually feed cows especially the ones wandering on the streets. But what is unique in India is that there are several institutions that look after the cows, the chief among them is Gaushalas (cow shelters) and Shri Sumati Jeev Raksha Kendra is one of them. Conceptually different from a dairy, the Gaushalas maintain even the non-milking, old and sick cows along with those that are physically handicapped and need human care and attention for survival.
With a staff strength of 105 employees, Shri Sumati Jeev Raksha Kendra also helps and assists in renovating other Jain temples and also provides help and relief during natural disasters like floods or famines.
- Your donations will help feed and care for even more innocent animals in a better way.
- Giving to charity will improve your sense of well-being
- The cycle of karma suggests ‘Do good and good will come to you’
- Nothing compares to the joy of giving
- Every donation, no matter how little, makes a difference
- Honour a person by donating in their name
- Appreciate how blessed you are and pass the blessings forward
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Kishanganj, Kandla- Delhi Highway,
National Highway No. 168 and S.H No 27
Pavapuri, Sirohi-307001, Rajasthan
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BOOK A ROOM
You can book a room online in dharmshala in Pavapuri through the official website of Shree Pavapuri Tirth Jeev Maitri Dham. (http://www.pavapuri.com/bookaroom.php)