India Jain Pilgrim Centres

Palitana
Gujarat is also a main center for the Jains, and some of its most interesting sights are centers of the Jain temple. The Jains have five separate positions of the mountain to its more sets of temples and holy mountain of Shatrunjaya in Palitana is considered the most important among them. 50 kilometers southwest of the city of Bhavnagar, Palitana shelter perhaps the greatest of all the Jain temples anywhere. The base of the peak of Mount Shatrunjaya, where the Palitana temples are found, there are 863 temples in all. Just for Jains sky!

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

The only hitch is that the OR and can 't sleep in the area of the temple (not priests).

Getting there:
Bhavnagar, the nearest airport is at a distance of 51 kilometers from Palitana, but the airport is the most convenient because Ahmedabad is connected with regular flights to many major cities of the country like Mumbai and Delhi. Palitana is a small train station and has connection only with Bhavnagar. Most trains stop at Sihor, which is connected to Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. There are bar-bus every hour for Bhavnagar from Palitana. The regular bus-bars are also available for Ahmedabad, Talaja, Una, and Diu. The total time the trip to Una or Diu is around 6 hours because the roads are not in a good condition. Taxis are also available on hire for Palitana in Bhavnagar. The trolley-bus bar is located 800 meters away from the train station to Palitana

Hastinapur


Located at a distance of 37 kilometers from Meerut and 120 Kms from Delhi, Hastinapur is very important to Jains and covers its route of pilgrimage. According to the Jain traditions and history, many Tirthtankars, Chakravartis, great Sadhus, the omniscient souls, the ascetics, Shravakas and Shravikas are associated with this ancient land. This is the place where Aadi Teerthankar Prabhu Adinathji has fasted for 400 days drinking the juice of sugarcane. And the p eople to come here from far away, Faraway celebrate the ceremony of Parma with the sugarcane juice. The rosy idol of Bhagwan Shri Shantinath color in Padmasan MUDr is the main attraction. The people gather the place of parties varied in the world to get a glance of idols.

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

Sankeshwar

Dedicated to Sri Sankeshwar the 2 Teerthankara, this 25-year old temple is a known center of Jain pilgrims. With 52 idols to be high this temple was built in the year 1155 on the banks of the river Rupen. Until 1760 the church was renovated, destroyed and restored again. Since then, this vast and beautiful temple with 52 idols and move to go around him is there. The architecture is modern yet seducing. The idol of Bhagawan Bhidbhanjan Parshvanath is the small temple to the right of the main idol and the idol of Bhagawan Ajitanatha is the small temple to the left of the main idol. During the days of Diwali, thousand of pilgrims come here observe a two-day long fast.

Getting there: The train station nearest the Harij is at a distance of 10 kilometers and Viramgam at a distance of 62 kilometers. The service of buses and private cars are available. The boarding facilities and accommodation are available here.

Ranakpur

Visual wonder in stone ambarinas. That is the best way to describe the Jain temples of Ranakpur. Ranakpur is among the five most holy places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. Built in AD 1439, the ruler of the monarch with Rana Kumbha, the temples are located in the mountain ranges of Pali district. If you are driving below you could see the heart that captures views. The Jain temple of Ranakpur built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch in the fifteenth century. Spread through 48,000 square feet, four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls, 1,444 columns and millions of pilgrims to the temple Ranakpur components. But the reasons for the huge, everything is detailed out with perfection.

Getting there: 39 miles of the district of Pali far from the train station of Phalna and Udaipur.

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