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Palitana, Gujarat

Palitana is a sacred city of the Jains located about 215 km. from Ahmedabad and 51 kms southwest of Bhavnagar. Palitana is one of Jainism's holiest pilgrimage sites and gateway to the Shatrunjaya hill. About 863 temples are situated on the top of the Shatrunjaya hill. These temples are exquisitely carved in marble and built over a period of 900 years. The top of the Shatrunjaya hill is bounded by the sturdy walls and the temples are grouped in nine enclosures. Each group of these temples has a central temple with various minor temples clustered around it. Some of the temples were built in the 11th century but were destroyed by Muslims in the 15th and 16th centuries. The current temples belong to the 16th century. From the base of the hill to the summit one has to climb up for 2 kms, more than 3000 steps. The Shatrunjaya hill provides a breathtaking view of Palitana town.

Tourist attractions in Palitana

One of the major tourist attraction in Palitana are the temples located on the Shatrunjaya hill. The temple of Shri Adishwara, the first Jain tirthankar (apostle) is located on the Shatrunjaya hill. It is one of the most magnificent and the most sacred temple. Near to this temple, the Muslim shrine of Angar Pir is located. Besides these, there are various other temples like Kumar Pal, Vimal Shah, Sampriti Raj and Chaumukh or Four-Faced temple.

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