Palitana

This incredible temple complex perched on Shatrunjaya Hill seems to touch the sky. The 3500 steps that lead to them take you on an inner journey while giving you time to enjoy the beauty of the landscape.

Shatrunjaya means “place of victory against inner enemies”. Along with Mount Abu, Girnar and Chandragiri, Shatrunjaya is one of the four most holy places of the Jain faith. According to Jain holy scriptures, this hill is where Adinath, the first Tirthankar, reached enlightenment. It is said that over 800 temples were built here over a period of 900 years.

Every aspirant is supposed to make the pilgrimage at least once in their life.

The town of Palitana, at the foot of Shatrunjaya, was once the capital of a small princely state founded by a Gohil Rajput called Shahji.

Allow at least half a day to visit the temples, including the climb (7km there and back). Leave early in the morning to avoid the scorching heat.

It is best to respect Jain customs. To comply with the Jain faith’s strict non-violent precepts, nothing made of leather, such as a belt or wallet, may be carried on the mountain. Shorts, sleeveless tops and tight clothing are considered disrespectful. Do not bring food, but do bring water.

Because it is the abode of the gods, nobody, even the temple priests, is allowed to stay on the mountain overnight.


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