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Travel Gujrat: Palitana Jain temples and pilgrimage center

Updated on July 07, 2016

Jain Idols and Symbols in Palitana

Jain sacred symbol Hrimkara with 24 Tirthankaras at Moti Shah ki Tunk
Jain sacred symbol Hrimkara with 24 Tirthankaras at Moti Shah ki Tunk
Rshabhadeva in Palitana
Rshabhadeva in Palitana
Jain sacred symbol Omkara with Pancha Parameshthi at Moti Shah ki Tunk
Jain sacred symbol Omkara with Pancha Parameshthi at Moti Shah ki Tunk

Jain Temples and Deities in Palitana

Sri Adinath Rshabh Deva, Mulanayak, Agam mandir, Palitana Talheti
Sri Adinath Rshabh Deva, Mulanayak, Agam mandir, Palitana Talheti
Tirthankar Sumatinath, Mulanayaka, Sancha Sumatinath Temple, Talheti, Palitana.
Tirthankar Sumatinath, Mulanayaka, Sancha Sumatinath Temple, Talheti, Palitana.
A distant view ofJain Temples on Palitana Hills
A distant view ofJain Temples on Palitana Hills

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.

Siddhachal hills

Author at the main gate at Palitana hills (Siddhachal)
Author at the main gate at Palitana hills (Siddhachal)
Doli (Palenqueen) bearers carry a devotee to the top of the hills
Doli (Palenqueen) bearers carry a devotee to the top of the hills
Rampol gate at Palitana hills (Siddhachal)
Rampol gate at Palitana hills (Siddhachal)

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.

Siddhachal hills

Moti Shah Toonk (Temple) at the top of Siddhachal hills
Moti Shah Toonk (Temple) at the top of Siddhachal hills
Temples and other areas at Palitana Talheti (Valley)
Temples and other areas at Palitana Talheti (Valley)
Palitana hills
Palitana hills
Samavasharana temple in Palitana valley
Samavasharana temple in Palitana valley
Shatrunjaya river 1
Shatrunjaya river 1
Shatrunjaya river 2
Shatrunjaya river 2

Jalmandir and Shilalekha

Carving in lime in Neminath Temple, Shatrunjay Hills, Palitana
Carving in lime in Neminath Temple, Shatrunjay Hills, Palitana
Jalmandir inside Dhanpat Vasahi alias Babu ka Derasar, Shatrunjay Hills, Palitana
Jalmandir inside Dhanpat Vasahi alias Babu ka Derasar, Shatrunjay Hills, Palitana
Prashasti of Shatrunjay Hills, Palitana in sanskrit language, inscribed in stone.
Prashasti of Shatrunjay Hills, Palitana in sanskrit language, inscribed in stone.

Update


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 .

Thanks,

Jyoti Kothari, Author

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      ashita shah 3 years ago

      thnks 4 gave information in most beautiful place palitana.......................

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      chirag sheth 4 years ago

      best photograph palitana more photograph jain tirthankar tirth

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      Jayant Mugdiya 5 years ago

      Thanks for the giving the information of jain dram and palitana .

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      Jyoti Kothari 5 years ago from Jaipur

      Thanks for commenting. Please send photos of current events. I will publish those.

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      SHAH PRITESH 5 years ago

      HI......

      BEAUTIFUL PALITANA AND ABHI CHALTE HUVE PROGRAM KE BHI PHOTOS RAKHYE GA.

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      samip patel 5 years ago

      please give me the AGAS Ashram contact detail .

      My cell # 09824600357

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      Bhumika R Jain / Kunal R Jain 5 years ago

      RESPECTED SIR,

      THANK YOU SIR, BECAUSE OF YOU, WHILE SITTING AT HOME WE WERE ABLE TO LOCATE PALITANA.WE ARE FEELING PROUD TO BE A JAIN.

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      hardik 5 years ago

      Thank you 4 posting this all pic....

      Thank u 4 capturing all pic

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      Abhay Mehta 5 years ago

      Nice job. Nice photo

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      Jyoti Kothari 5 years ago from Jaipur

      Dear Jatin,

      Seth Anandji Kalyanji pedhi, Ahmadabad manages Palitana hills.

      Jyoti Kothari

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      sunny golia 5 years ago

      thanks for posting lord adeswar pic, thanks again

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      JATIN SHETH 5 years ago

      Dear Jyoti,

      Could you please inform me the name of the main Trust which takes care of the main Lord Adinath temple on the higest peak of Shatrunjaya Hills and their contact details.

      Will appreciate your help. My email is : js0807@gmail.com

      Thank You,

      Jatin Sheth

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      ankith 6 years ago

      super images but not fo jain please cauth all images

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      Jitendra Jain 6 years ago

      Lord Krishnas Son Shanbh and Padma Kumar Alongwith 8.5 crore others attained MOKSHA on th Bhadwa-Pahad, on the Auspicious day of Phagun Sud 13. Hence , the PHAGUN PHERI in regards to it.

      Hope I Am right on this, if not then please correct me.

      Michchhami Dukkadam.

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      dipak 6 years ago

      its such a great photographs that i ever seen before i am very thankful to u

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      L.JAYANTI JAIN 6 years ago

      DEAR KOTHARIJI,

      WE ARE ORGANIZING FALGUN FERI FROM CHENNAI TO PALITANA FOR 50 YATRI BY FLIFHT AND WANT TO PRINT ONE BOOK ON IMPORTANCE, HISTORY AND VIDHI(KRIYA) OF FAGUN FERI WITH SOME PHOTOS ON ABOVE TOPIC. CAN YOU PROVIDE US THE SAME BY MAIL OR ANY BOOK TO MY ADDRESS OR ANY GOOD WEBSITE WHERE I CAN GET THESE DETAIL. MY MOBILE NO. 09444068986.

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      vipul  6 years ago

      place some more image

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      Purvi 6 years ago

      I had come to your site to get darshan of Lord Mahavir. I am at States. Jainism in India is not doing well yet the site is very nice. I have keen interest in the well being of all our people. WE need more classes on jainism and education to all people to learn to live and excel on spiritual path. I am Krishna and Parvati ma. I have no introduction to Jainism only that I can do so much as Brahmin and a darbar. India needs lot of help and guidance for kids to become Lord Mahavir or tirthankaras. Avoid too many spiritual tests and help more is the message. WE need to learn to thrive and not loose interest plus theres a lot one can learn from India.

      I pay my pranams to Lord Mahavir at Palitana. Can you show the darshan? Regards. uri

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      sanjay surana 6 years ago

      Falguni Phri is done on Teras of falgun hindi month the reason bhind this , on the same day crores of muni got their final destination ( MOKSHA)they become SIDHA. every Partical of this Giriraj became Sidha due to this Phenomina that is why this is called Sidhgiriraj

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      virag 6 years ago

      excellent pics.....

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      Harsha Parmar 6 years ago

      Hi, Anyone plz tel me how many steps have to be climbed on Palitana and how long does it take to reach the temple? Is it ok if one is with his footwear on while climbing? This place seems to be an interesting and a beautiful one.

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      kausha shah 6 years ago

      palitana is india's famous jain temple

      thank you

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      Jyoti Kothari 6 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Meena,

      Thankls for your comments on Palitana. Palitana is a great pilgrimage center and I am glad to know that my article and photos helped you in prayer (Darshan).

      I appreciate as a Jain that you are thinking about your kids to take them to the great pilgrimage center.

      Thanks again,

      Jyoti Kothari

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      meena bhandar 6 years ago

      I felt very good after seeing palitana pictures after 2years .It was like taking darshan in real life.thank u for efforts and it's good that our kid's can also see and know that this is our god.

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      Jyoti Kothari 6 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Jaipal Hundia,

      I did not visited Hastgiri and Kadambgiri during my last visit to Palitana when I took these photographs.

      Hence, I am unable to put pictures of those temples.

      Thanks for your interest in Hastgiri and Kadambgiri. If you have some pictures of those you can send me those to put in this hub.

      Thanks,

      Jyoti Kothari

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      jaypal hundia 6 years ago

      sir plz give some more information on hastagiri & kadamgiri also. this are also parts of the sacred shatrunjay hills. and plz put some more photographs on net.

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      Jyoti Kothari 6 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi tarun,

      Thanks for visiting the hub and commenting on it.

      Jyoti Kothari

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      tarun kamdar 6 years ago

      Really very good photographs, all compliments, thanks for putting on net

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      Jyoti Kothari 6 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Mahendra,

      Thanks for your comment. Jain Omkara consists of Panch Parameshthi.

      You can visit my hub about Navpad Oli to know more details about the same.

      Thanks,

      Jyoti Kothari

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      mahendra Siyal 7 years ago

      Sir,

      Pls give more details about our Jain Omkara,

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Pradeep,

      Thanks for visiting the hub and commenting on it. Palitana has unique temples. I agree.

      jyoti Kothari

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      PARDEEP JAIN 7 years ago

      UNIQE TEMPLE IN WORLD

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi kalpesh,

      Thanks for visiting and commenting on this hub. I do not know the exact reason of Faguna pheri. Perhaps it is because of the ending of Falguna Chaturmas.

      Exact reason is to be inquired.

      Thanks,

      Jyoti Kothari

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      Kalpesh 7 years ago

      Jyoti sir can you please tell me the reason for doing a faguna pheri. I mean is there any history behind it.

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Ratnaveera and Bihar,

      Palitana is one of the most important pilgrimage center for Jain community. Thanks for visiting and commenting on this hub.

      Amalendu Das,

      Thanks for compliments.

      Jyoti Kothari

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      bihar 7 years ago from Patna

      sounds like a great place to be in.

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      ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum

      Thanks for giving great information about Jain pilgrim center Palitana. All the photos that you have posted here are really superb!

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      Amalendu das 7 years ago

      Fantastic

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