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In piety: The Parsavanath idol in Jain temple in Kolcharam of Medak district.
In piety: The Parsavanath idol in Jain temple in Kolcharam of Medak district.

J.B.S. Umanadh

Devotees throng the 11-foot-tall rock idol

Kolcharam (Medak): It was only after the 11-foot-tall black bassalt rock idol of Vighnaharaneswar Parsavanath was removed from the soil the villagers here could construct their houses. Legend says that efforts of the villagers to construct a colony for the backward castes on the deserted piece of land failed as the houses under construction used to catch fire. While digging the land the villagers found the idol hidden in the soil. It took four dozen strong men to remove it from the soil and erect it at a side. The villagers believed that it was the idol of lord Shiva as it was covered by a seven-hooded serpent till someone informed the Jain Samaj in neighbouring Hyderabad about a shelter less Jain idol in a village some 70 kilometres on the Narsapur-Medak road. Experts from Hyderabad confirmed that it was none other than the 23rd Theerthankar Parsavanath.

However the efforts of the Jain community to take over the Idol failed as they needed permission from the Archaeological Survey of India. In 2000 the All India Jain Digambar Teerthsamrakshani Mahasabha took initiative and purchased land for construction of a temple for Parsavanath. Since the construction of the temple and a dormitory began devotees from different parts of the started arriving here for darshan particularly on Sundays.

The devotees offer Ksheerabhishekam.The milk travels through the seven hoods, shoulder and finally touches the feet reminding the Mahamastakabhishek of Gomateswar Bahubali idol. Even though the idol was handed over to the Jain community, the locals still adore Parsavanath as their own and offer prayer at the beginning of the agriculture season.


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