Tārangā is a majestic and exquisite tirth in the Arāvalli Mountains. The history dates to the time of Solanki King Kumārpāl. He is believed to have built this temple with the inspiration and blessings of Kalikāl Āchāryā Hemchandra. There is a breath taking murti of Lord Ajitnāth (the second Tirthankar). Inside the temple there is a painting of King Kumārpāl paying his obeisance to Āchāryā Hemchandra.
It is believed that in the 7th / 8th century, King Vatsarājā built a shrine dedicated to Goddess Tārā (Tārā Devi) and the town became known as Tārāpura. As it was not big enough to be referred to as “pura” (fort or stronghold), it became known as Tārāgrām (“grām” in Sanskrit refers to a village) and it is highly probable that with the passage of time the town became known as Tārangā.
During the 14th century the temple succumbed to Moslem invasion. Later, various renovations occurred to bring the temple to its present glory. The temple architecture is a fine example of Māru Gurjara style.
As one enters the temple, there are eight large pillars with intricate carvings at the top and bottom.
The dome is supported by planks of “kegar wood” which is thought to withstand the natural effects of time.
The colossal, 2.75 meter idol of Lord Ajitnath is not the one consecrated at the time of King Kumarpal which was more than likely destroyed during the Moslem invasions. The current idol was consecrated by Sheth Govinda Sanghavi in 1428AD.