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A land of many religions and religious people, Kutch. Migration of people in and out led to the birth of many religions, inscriptions of which can be found on stones and other carvings. The inscriptions found of Andrau and Rudradamn regime give out the fact that 2 centuries before Jesus, Buddhism and Jainism had already spread in Kutch.

And amongst the two, as time passed by, Jainism became the prominently followed and practiced religion. Even today Jainism is the principle religion followed in Kutch.

There are a number of temples built by Jain followers in Kutch. The Bhadreshwar temple, one of the most ancient temples situated in Bhadrawati, considered a very holy place is one such. Bhadrawati was ruled by King Sidhsen in 449 B.C (according to the Hindu calendar) who renovated the place. Later it was ruled by The Solankies who were Jains, and they changed the name to Bhadreshwar. Then in 1315, a great famine struck Kutch, after which the place was renovated by Jagadusha.

Near the village of Jalvana, at Koday Bohter Jinalaya is Jain pilgrim's holy place. There are 72 statues of Jain Gods. The main God here is Prabhu Aadeswarji. The divine statue is 73 inches tall. Not only Jains but also people of all religions from all over India and abroad come and visit this temple.

Khothara, Suthri, Jaikha, Tera and Naliya's ancient Jain temples in the district of Abadasa are called "Moti Panchtirthi", means the big pilgrimage.

Every year thousands of Jain Pilgrims come here. Vanki Tirth situated in the district of Mundra is considered to be one of the most elegant temples of the Jains. The main God here is Vrdhman Swami. The height of the idol is 51 inches and that of the temple is 251 feet tall. There are devotees of all religion visiting the " Moti Panchtirthi"

Jainism believes in Atma and Atma has to achieve its goal by Moksha.

Another prominent religion is the Hinduism. Many Gods and Goddesses are worshiped in this religion. The Hindu is the most prominent religion as the country itself is called Hindustan, meaning The land of Hindus.

Narayan Sarovar in Kutch is the most ancient and pious place for Hindus. It is one of the five holy ponds in India.

In this place there are temples of Shri Trikamraiji, Laxminarayan, Govardhannathji, Dwarkanath, Adinarayan, Ranchodraiji and Laxmiji. Maharaj Shri Deshalji's Queen had built these temples. Devotee from all over India come to worship the lords here.


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