Bhadreshwar, Kutch

Lets again walk through our Kachchh, a mythological place which also mentioned in the ‘Mahabharata’.

As per the Mahabharata it was known as ‘Bhadravati’ in ancient time, at present the village known as Bhadreshwar.

A nice temple of Lord Shiva called ‘Chokhanda’ is placed here which was built by ‘Pandvas’ as per myth, though current temple seems modern and its rebuilt and renovated after earthquake of 2001. There is a well also here in vicinity of temple known as ‘Pandava Kund’. This temple is located on a bit higher landscape, so sunrise and sunset are scenic here. Also bit far from village, so it makes place peaceful.

The village has ancient ‘Haveli’ of famous businessman Jagdusha. Most of Gujaratis are aware of this name as very rich businessman as this very rich businessman helped with all his wealth in days of draughts. He sent grains to many states during draughts. He also built many temples, schools and hospitals.

Unfortunately the above mentioned haveli has hardly anything left to show! As there was no proper care taken by archeologically department to save such a treasure.

A friend of Jagdusha ‘Duda Maheshwari’ was also a philanthropist who made a step well called ‘Duda ni vaav which is still found in village though not in a good condition. . vaav was constructed by arranging huge stones on one above the other. It is worth visit this Vaav.

Any way, we wouldn’t insist you to visit Bhadreshwar to watch these much places only, there is one more interesting place here.

Bhadreshwar jain temple or Vasai jain temple is a huge temple of ‘Lord Parshwanath’. As per our knowledge it was originally built approx. 2600 years back! It was broken and rebuilt many a times. In 2001 earthquake it was collapsed and built again. Infect we cannot say that construction work is over as whenever we visit this place, we find men busy carving beautiful sculptures! To see them working live is opportunity in itself It shows people are continuously trying to make this temple magnificent.

There are more than 150 clean and clear rooms available here for people who stay here for religious purpose. Facility of breakfast, lunch and dinner at token rate is also available No one can object arrangements and maintenance of Jain temples. Here also cleanliness and discipline seen in really inspiring. You people must be aware of ‘Choviyar’ system of Jains (i.e. not to eat after sunset).The canteen is scheduled as per their religious beliefs. People wishing for having dinner must follow the schedule as no other better option available nearby. Whenever we visit any religious place, the rules and beliefs must not be over looked. Here we are supposed to aintain timings of meal and wear full outfits and avoid shorts.

System of choviyar is also interesting, Jain dharma believes in ‘Shinas’ (Non-violence), Not only towards humans but also towards animals and microbes. After sunset the microbes increase so they avod eating. Temple here is huge although many people visit it every day, place is well maintained. Carvings on pillars and walls also on ceilings is attractive. Stories of Jainsism are carved everywhere. Behind the temple there is a lone row road towards ‘Duda ni Vaav’ to walk on that road itlself is an experience.

Bhadreshwar is a small village on the way from Gandhidham to Mundra, It is situated on Main road and one can visit Mandi also if interested from here. Being a sculpturally rich, historically important and well maintained place you should visit Bhadreshwar once.