Old Jain idols kept underground for centuries at Chinatamani Parasnath temple in Bikaner, Rajasthan are brought out for Darshan and Puja. The temple trustees have decided to bring all these 1100 Prachin Jain Tirthankara Pratima for public viewing and worship.
Most of these Jain idols are Panch Tirthi and made of Panch Dhatu. Some of these idols are of Marble and one is of rock crystal (Sfatik Ratna). These idols were kept underground since Mogul period to save them from Muslim invaders.
Bikaner Jain Samaj has organized Dasanhika Mahotsava to celebrate this event between January 31 and February 10, 2010. Thousands of devotees from all over India and overseas have been coming to visit, view and worship those old idols.
Bikaner is a major Jain district with 35 Jain temples. Chintamani Parasnath, Bhanda Shah, Neminath and Adinath temples are the most famous Jain temples in Bikaner.
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