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Mount Girnar

Mount Girnar

Mount Girnar is one of the hill in Ahmedabad which is most sacred to the Jain community. This hill rises to a height of more than 600 m, a climb marked by 10,000 stone-steps. On this hill various Hindu and five Jain temples are located. One of the largest and the oldest Jain temple is dedicated to the Neminath, the 22nd Jain Tirthankar. There is an image of Neminath in each of the courtyard colonnade’s 70 cells. This temple was built in the 12th century. The temple of Mallinath, the 9th Jain Tirthankar, is also another attraction on this hill. Besides this various Hindu temples are also located on this hill like the Bhavnath temple and the Amba Mata temple. The Bhavnath temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. The newly weds came here and worship in the Amba Mata temple in order to ensure a happy marriage. When a traveler to Gujarat, Joss Graham, climbed up the hill for the festival of Shivaratri, he slept there overnight.

Mount Girnar, Junagadh

He woke up on hearing the praying murmurs of the great mass of devotees, about 100,000 of them in their communities and tribal groups. This sacred hill is visited by millions of Hindus and Jains. The Mahashivaratri fair held here is attended by Nagasadhus and pilgrims from all over India.


Ashoka's Rock Edicts

Ashoka's Rock Edicts, Junagadh

Ashoka's Rock Edicts are located on the route to the Mount Girnar hill. This rock edict is a huge boulder that is housed in a small roadside building. On the rock edicts the fourteen Edicts of Emperor Ashoka are inscribed. The inscriptions carry Brahmi script in Pali language and belongs to 250 BC. On the same rock the inscriptions in the Sanskrit language are also inscribed. The Ashoka's Rock Edicts incorporate moral lectures. The emperor Ashoka began the stone written history of Junagadh on this boulder. His 14 edicts in Pali states that he, the Beloved of the Gods, looks after all his subjects.


Damodar Kund

Damodar Kund is a holy water reservoir that marks the ascent to the Girnar temples. It is surrounded by a well-built ghat. It is believed that here Lord Krishna placed a flower garland around the neck of the great poet and saint Narsinh Mehta.

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