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Palitana

address shri shatrunjaya digamber jain dharmshala
bhairav pura, place & post – palitana, district – bhav nagar (gujarat) pin – 364270
phone 02848-252542
shri shatrunjaya giri, palitana is an ancient famous place of salvation, from where three pandavas yudhishthir, bheem & arjun got nirvana (attain full & final liberation from world). this is a sacred place from where 8 crores of dravida kings attained salvation by accepting penance for self-purification, thus vanishing ashta karma. this siddha kshetra is described in ancient prakrit & sanskrit texts.shatrunjaya teerth is very important kshetra among-shwetambara jains. this is the only teerth, where 3500 temples are built by shwetambers. so many temples out of them are fine specimens of art.among these temples, like the moon among, stars in the sky. there is an ancient digamber jain temple standing high situated within a rampart. the digamber jain temple on shatrunjaya teerth is an ancient temple, has 9 shrines with various teerthankaras idols installed.on the main shrine of temple, the magnificent idol of principal deity 1008 bhagwan shantinath is installed, this is 42 inch in height; in padmasana posture made of white stone & was installed in v.s. 1686. according to the inscription on idol, a famous businessman of ahmedabad installed this.

shri ratnashi dungarshi & family of hummad cast in the period of mughal emperor shahjahan on 5th day of vaishakha shukla v.s. 1686 installation ceremony was headed by bhattaraka padmanandi.

in this temple, beautiful standing idols of yudhishthir, bheem & arjun are also installed in v.s. 2025, these three pandavas attained salvation from here.
two another idols of bhagwan parshvanath each 24 inch in height in padmasana posture are installed here, one is called chintamani parshvanath and other is called vighnaharan parshvanath. both were installed in v.s. 1734.
on both sides of the northern gate of temple foot images of bhagwan adinath & bhagwan sambhavanath are installed. on the inner shrine with attractive spires, there are three foot images of three pandavas are also installed.

siddha kshetra shri shatrunjaya teerth is situated on a hill, which is decorated by 3500 temples. spires of the temples attract pilgrims from a far distance.

other temples
in palitana city at mandavi chawk, there is a beautiful magnificent temple of digamber jains, with sky-high attractive spires. this was constructed in v.s. 1948 and installation ceremony of this temple was organized in v.s. 1951 by seth shri haribhai deokaran & seth shri motichand padamchand of solapur under the headship of bhattaraka kanak keerti.

sabha mandap of the temple is very beautiful. metallic idol of principal deity bhagwan shantinath is very attractive, 30 inch in height in padmasana posture is installed on the main shrine of this temple. another idols on this shrine are bhagwan adinath & bhagwan chandraprabhu each 26 inch in height and bhagwan arahnath & bhagwan ajitnath each 20 inch in height in padmasana posture. other small metallic idols of various teerthankaras are also installed here.

facilities:
  • in palitana city, at bhairav pura, a vast digamber jain dharmashala exists with full modern facilities built in v.s. 1951.
  • this has 40 rooms with capacity of 150 pilgrims at a time and is near the market.
  • dharmashala is simply 100 meters ahead of palitana bus stand and railway station is about 1.5 km from dharmashala.
commuting:
  • road – buses are available from ahmedabad, ghogha, junagarh, bhavnagar, mehsana, surat etc.
  • train – trains are available from ahmedabad, shihore, surendranagar, mehsana etc.
  • airport – ahmedabad.
nearby city:
  • songarh 22 km
  • bhav nagar 55 km
nearby places for visit:
  • songarh 24 km
  • ghogha 60 km
  • girnar 170 km.

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