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Shatrunjaya Hill

Shatrunjaya Hill, Palitana
Shatrunjaya Hill, Palitana

The Shatrunjaya hill is located at a height of 591 metres. One has to climb up the hill for about 4 kms to Shatrunjaya (place of victory over worldliness). There are about 863 white marble Jain temples located on the hill, each with its own enclosure. You can reach this place either in Doli or lift chairs or by walking. The rich persons visit this place on richly caparisoned elephants. The area is filled with the scent of the jasmine trees. All the temples are enriched with gold, silver and jewels donated by rich merchants. There is a very beautiful view from the top of the hill. The most sacred temple is dedicated to Shri Adishwar, the first Tirthankar. this temple is one of the most magnificent and sacred temple of the Jains community.

The Chaumukh or four-faced temple is another biggest temple which is also located on this hill. This temple was built by a wealthy merchant in 1618 to save his soul. This temple has an image of Adinath which face out in the four cardinal directions. On the top of the hill a Muslim shrine of Angar Pir is also located where the childless women offer tiny cradles in the hope of conceiving. Besides these, there are various other temples like Kumar Pal, Vimal Shah and Sampriti Raj.

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