Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Monday, December 5, 2022

Virpur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virpur is a small village in Rajkot district Gujarat. It is located 53 km from Rajkot and is the birthplace of Saint Jalaram Bapa and had a temple dedicated to him here which is popular among pilgrims. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shrine is actually the housing complex where Jalaram lived during his lifetime. The shrine houses the belongings of Jalaram and the deities of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman worshipped by him. It also has on display the Jholi and Danda said to be given to him by God, however the main attraction is the portrait of Jalaram Bapa. There is also a black and white photo of Jalaram Bapa, taken one year before his death. Millions of followers visit Virpur on the anniversary of Jalaram Bapa's birth, which is celebrated as Jalaram Jayanti. 

 

 

 

This temple has three giant copper pots which were given by the Goddess Ganga duly filled with the holy waters of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers. The water from these pots never gets empty. Moreover no one had suffered from any disease after drinking this "JAL". 

 

 

 

Jalaram Jayanti is the most important festival that is observed in this temple. On the 7th day Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month of Kartika, this celebration is enjoyed by the pilgrims. Thousands of devotees from various parts of the world gather on this occasion at Virpur and pay their respect to the saint. This festival is celebrated here on the 7th day after Diwali. A huge fair is organized to mark this occasion and followers from across various parts of the country offer pooja at the various temples of Jalaram Bapa that are built across India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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