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New Stamp Issued On Godiji Jain Temple


India Post has issue a 5/- stamp on Godi Parasnath Temple, a famous Jain Temple situated at Pydhonie, Mumbai on 17th april 2012. Hon. Min .of State for Comm. & IT Milind Deora released this stamp in a grand function at Mumbai. Scanned image of the stamp and release function are attached.

Constructed in 1812 by Moti Shah, a wealthy Jain businessman, Godiji is among the most prominent community temples in the city. The 200 years will be complete on 1stMay 2012, but the programmes started from 14th April 2012. Over a lakh-and-a-half Jain families in the Mumbai city have already served the sweets to celebrate 200 years of this Temple. From next month, they will be able to hear devotional songs by professional singers, lectures by prominent saints and participate in a grand two-km procession to celebrate the occasion. The celebrations will include a grand lunch programme on May 1 for eight lakh Jains. They will not have to come here, since food will be available at all the Jain temples across the city.

The two-storeyed, all-marble structure already boasts around 86 marble idols, two crystal idols, and 76 small silver idols, among others. Named after the 23 Tirthankar of the Jains -Bhagwan Parshvanath - this idol came from a temple in Godipur, Pakistan, thus lending the word “Godiji” to the temple’s prefix.

Hundreds of years ago, after several experiences of miracles and dreams the original idol was installed in Godi village in the desert-region of Tharparkar (now in Pakistan ). It is said that just because of this, the idol became renowned as Shree Godi Parshvanath. A number of ancient and impressive installed idols of Godiji Parshvanath are present today. Among them this idol of Godiji Parshvanath in the Pydhuni locality of Bombay is very delightful, miraculous and very ancient.

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