STORY: An 81 inches tall idol of Jain deity Adinath, weighing 10 tonnes, was unveiled in India’s western Bharuch city on Thursday (November 09).
Jain devotees from across Gujarat state flocked to Bharuch to get a glimpse of what the makers claim is the world’s heaviest idol of Adinath.
The idol, made of ‘panchdhatu’, or a five metal alloy, is a replica of Adinath’s idol at Palitana temples in Shatrunjaya hills – Jain pilgrimage. It was the brainchild of the local Jain community and has been made by artisans in Nashik district of neighbouring Maharashtra state.
The idol will finally be installed at Parshwapuram Jain Temple in Barshi city of Maharashtra in February 2018.
Lord Adinath is the first spiritual teacher or ‘Tirthankara’ of the present time cycle of Jainism. He lived before civilization and is said to have attained omniscience or infinite knowledge at Palitana before attaining ‘moksha’ or salvation in the Himalayas.