About the location: Patan is home to more than 100 Jain temples with exquisite domes and sacred carvings on the walls. The most popular ones are Mahavir Swami Derasar in Dhandherwad and Panchasara Derasar. The temples are a reminder of the strong Jain foothold during the times of the Solanki Dynasty. The signature marble flooring and delicate carvings of Jain temples can be seen here. Also known as the Jinalaya Vanraj Vihar, the Panchasara Parshwanath Temple is 180 feet large and 90 feet wide. The domes, pillars, ceilings, walls, mandaps and other parts of the temple are covered with beautiful sculptures. The main sanctum houses a white marble idol of Bhagwan Panchasara Parshwanath in Padmasana posture.
Brief History: Dedicated to Shri Parshwanathji, the temple was built by King Vanraj Chavda around 746 CE. The idol was transported from his hometown, Panchasara and hence named Panchasara Parashwanath Bhagwan. The original wooden temple was destroyed by the Muslim invaders and renovated over the centuries with stone.
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By Road Intercity buses from Ahmedabad to Patan take 2hr 41 min and 1 hour from Mehsana. Shared jeeps are slightly quicker, but less comfortable.
By Train Patan has a railway station for easy access. The train can take you as far as Mehsana (1.5 hours). From there you will need to catch a bus to Patan.
By Air The nearest airport from Patan is Ahmedabad, situated at a distance of 125 km. The airport here, in turn is connected to International and Indian cities.