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Shatrunjaya hill temple, Palitana

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A popular pilgrimage destination considered to be the dwelling of gods, Shatrunjaya hill temple represents the largest cluster of Jain temples in the world. Legend has it that omniscient Rishabha Dev, the first tirthankara (Jain teaching god), climbed the hill nearly 100 times to reach Nirvana. Today, pilgrims climb more than 3,000 stairs to visit his temple--the main shrine on the hill--and attain higher wisdom. The oldest temples date back to the 11th century. Start early if you wish to avoid the heat and attend the bathing of the idols ceremony. Note that leather products are banned on the sacred hill--since Jainism promotes non-violence. No one, not even the priests, is allowed to spend the night on the hill--only the gods. To visit Shatrunjaya hill temple on your holiday in Palitana, and find out what else Palitana has to offer, use our Palitana holiday planner.
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  • Every one of the 3,500 steps is worth it to arrive at the top of the hill and walk through the maze of Jain temples of all shapes and sizes. It is almost indescribable. Busy with pilgrims who are all ...  more »
  • It's a family ritual to visit Shatrunjaya Tirth / Teerth once every year and this time it was no different, except that it was just us. Situated on the top of Shatrunjaya Hill, it is one among the mos...  more »
  • Palitana is city of temples ...no where in the world u can see soo many temples on mountain ...its like heaven on earth ...all temples are beautifully carved ..ut takes near 4000steps to reach on top ...  more »