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Travel Gujrat: Palitana Jain temples and pilgrimage center
Jain Idols and Symbols in Palitana
Jain Temples and Deities in Palitana
Palitana, Gujrat: The greatest pilgrimage center
Palitana is the greatest and biggest pilgrimage center and sacred place for Jain community. Palitana is called the city of temples. It is a must see place while you travel Gujrat state in India.
The Shwetambar Jain community believes that the hills of Palitana (Siddhachal) are eternal. Rishabhadev (Adinath), the first Jain Tirthankar, came here several times and preached. Billions of Jain ascetics have attained Nirvana (Salvation) from this hill since time immemorial according to mythological stories of Jainism.
It is also believed that hundred millions monks led by Dravida and Varikhilla attained here Nirvana on the auspicious day of Kartika Purnima (Full moon day in the month of Kartika according to Indian lunar calendar) and fifty million led by Nami and Vinami on Chaitri Purnima (Full moon day in the month of Chaitra).
Fagun pheri and Akshaya Tritiya (Akha Teej) are also observed with great devotion. Highest numbers of pilgrims come to worship in Palitana in the days of Fagun feri. Akha Teej comes to the next in a number of visitors.
Palitana, being the greatest Jain pilgrimage center has several other names likes of Shatrunjay, Pundarik giri, Vimalachal etc. Large temples are built on the hills and in the valley of Palitana. Devotees built several others in the Palitana city. Thousands of Tirthankara idols are installed in these temples.
Dada Ka Darbar and other temples
Lord Rishabhdev, the first Tirthnkar is the principal venerable in Palitana. He is also called Dada and the main temple at Palitana hills is called Dada Ka Darbar that means court of Lord
Rishabhdev, Adinath. There are several other temples on the hills, Adbhut Baba temple in Nav tunk ki dehri is most famous on those. There are other famous temples likes of Khartar Vasahi, Moti Shah ki Tunk, and Pundarik Swami tunk. Footprints of Dadaguru dev are also established near Dada Ka darbar.
Rayan Rukh is an auspicious tree and very big sized feet of Lord Adinath is placed beneath the tree. It is believed that Tirthankar Rishabhdev's sermon happened in this place.
Gheti Pak is on the back side of Palitana hills. Hastagiri and Kadambgiri are other famous auspicious places with big new temples in other hills. Dhanpat Vasahi or Babu ka dehrasar is situated in the bottom of the hills along with Samavsharan temple and Agam Mandir. Hundreds of other Jain temples are built in the Talheti and the city.
Large numbers of Dharamshala (Inn for pilgrims) are built to facilitate pilgrims. There is an arrangement of food and lodging in subsidized rate.
Jalmandir and Shilalekha
I have updated this hub today on 8 August 2009 by adding six photos in two capsules. These capsules include two Deities, a temple, a distance view of temples, a lime carving, and a Prashasti. Please inform me in the comments section whether you loved these photos .
Jyoti Kothari, Author
Akshaya Tritiya at palitana
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