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Jain temple Palitana Gujarat. Palitana Gujarat is also a major centre for the Jains, and some of its most interesting sights are Jain temple centers. The Jains have five separate hill locations for their holiest clusters of temples and Shatrunjaya Hill in Palitana is considered the most important among them. 50 km South-West of Bhavnagar city, Palitana houses perhaps the largest cluster of Jain temples anywhere. From the base to the peak of the Shatrunjaya Hill, where the Palitana temples are located, there are in all 863 temples. Simply heaven for Jains!

Palitana was the capital of a princely state of the Gohil Rajput clan and now is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Gujarat for foreign tourists. The entire summit of majestic mount Shatrunjaya is crowned with about 900 temples, each rivaling the other for beauty and magnificence . The temples are exquisitely carved in marble, veritable prayers in stone. To an observer, these appear to be ivory miniatures when seen from a distance. The most important temple is that of the first Tirthankar, Shri Adishwar. The entire collection of Temples in one glance is impressive.

The only hitch is that you can't sleep in the temple area (not even the priests).

Getting There:
Bhavnagar , the nearest airport lies at a distance of 51 kilometer from Palitana, but the most convenient airport is Ahmedabad as it is connected through regular flights to many important cities of the country like Mumbai and Delhi . Palitana is a small railway station and has connection only with Bhavnagar . Most of the trains stop at Sihor, which is connected to Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.

There are hourly buses for Bhavnagar from Palitana. Regular buses are also available for Ahmedabad, Talaja, Una, and Diu . The total journey time to Una or Diu is around 6 hours as the roads are not in a good condition. Taxis are also available on hire for Palitana from Bhavnagar . The bus stand is situated 800 meters away from the Palitana railway station

Hastinapur Situated at a distance of 37 kilometers from Meerut and 120 Kms from Delhi , Hastinapur is of great relevance to Jains and tops their pilgrimage itinerary. According to the Jain traditions and history, many Tirthtankars, Chakravartis, Great Sadhus, the Omniscient souls, ascetics, Shravakas and Shravikas are associated with to this ancient land.

This is the place where Aadi Teerthankar Prabhu Adinathji concluded fasted for 400 days by drinking sugarcane juice. And people come here from far, far away to celebrate the Parma ceremony with sugarcane juice. The reddish colour Shri Shantinath Bhagwan idol in the Padmasan Mudra is the main attraction. People flock the place from varied parts of the world to get a glimpse of the idols.

The Archaeological Department is taking great interest in this city due its Hindu and Jain roots. With all the cultural influences and tradition Hastinapur is the perfect place to study Jaina cosmology and cosmography.

Sankeshwar
Sankeshwar Paraswanath Temple. Dedicated to Sri Sankeshwar , the 23rd Teerthankara, this 25-year old temple is a well-known Jain pilgrim centre. With 52 idols standing tall this temple was built in the year 1155 on the banks of the Rupen River . Till 1760 the temple was renovated, destroyed and again restored. Since then, this vast and beautiful temple with a 52 idols and passage for going round it stands there. The architecture is modern yet enticing.

The idol of Bhagawan Bhidbhanjan Parshvanath is in small temple to the right of the chief idol and the idol of Bhagawan Ajitanatha is in the small temple to the left of the main idol. During the Diwali days, thousand of pilgrims come here to observe a two-day long fast.

Getting There: The nearest railway station of Harij is at a distance of 10 kilometers and Viramgam is at a distance of 62 kilometers. Bus service and private vehicles are available. Boarding and lodging facilities are available at this place.

Ranakpur
Visual wonders in amber stone. That is the best way to describe the Jain temples of Ranakpur. Ranakpur is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. Constructed in the AD 1439, in the rule of the gifted monarch Rana Kumbha, the temples are located in the mountain ranges of Pali District.

If you are driving down you could view the heart capturing views. The Ranakpur Jain Temple were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch in the 15th century. Spread across 48,000 sq ft, four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls, 1,444 columns and millions of pilgrimages make up Ranakpur Temple .

From the huge bell to the motifs, everything is detailed out with perfection.

Getting There: Pali district 39 kms away from the Phalna and Udaipur railway station.