Palitana Jain Temple Bhavnagar
Palitana Jain Temple Bhavnagar Pālītāṇā located 50 km southwest of Bhavnagar city and is a major pilgrimage center for Jains. It is first of the two vegetarian cities in the world .here are in total 863 temples from base to the peak of the Shatrunjaya hill, where the Palitana temples are located. The path is climbed through 3950 steps spanning 3.5 km up the Shatrunjaya Hills. dedicated to the 24 Tirthankaras.This site on Shatrunjaya hill is considered sacred by Svetambara Jains.
The main temple is dedicated to Rishabhanatha, the first Tirthankara; it is the holiest shrine for the Svetambara Murtipujaka sect. The main temple is reached by stepping up 3500 steps. Along with Shikharji in the state of Jharkhand, the two sites are considered the holiest of all pilgrimage places by the Jain community.Jains believe that a visit to this group of temples is essential as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to achieve nirvana or salvation. As the temple-city was built to be an abode for the divine, no one is allowed to stay overnight, including the priests
On the summit of the temple , there is a shrine of a Muslim saint by name Angar Pir who is reported to have protected the temples during Muslim invasions in early 14th century. Book A Tour Package to Palitana Jain Temple Bhavnagar