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Shatrunjaya Hill - Palitana

The Shatrunjaya hill is located at a height of 591 metres. It takes about 2 hours to climb the 4 km. of steps to Shatrunjaya (place of victory over worldliness). There are about 863 white marble Jain temples located on the hill, each with its own enclosure. You can reach this place either in Doli or lift chairs or by walking. Hundreds of white-robed pilgrims trek their way up to the hill. The rich persons visit this place on richly caparisoned elephants. The area is filled with the scent of the jasmine trees. All the temples are enriched with gold, silver and jewels donated by rich merchants. There is a stunning view from the top of the hill. The most sacred temple or the Shatrunjaya temple is devoted to the first Tirthankar, Shri Adishwar. If anyone gives a donation of Rs. 900 then he is given the honour of dressing the deity with jewels. The donor also gets a pass from the priest in which he is provided a free breakfast of Iadoos (sweets) and steaming sweet tea.

Shatrunjaya Hill, Palitana
Another important temple is the Chaumukh or Four-Faced Temple. The Chaumukh temple is the biggest temple, which was built by a wealthy merchant in 1618 to save his soul. This temple has an image of Adinath which face out in the four cardinal directions. On the top of the hill a Muslim shrine is located where the childless women offer tiny cradles in the hope of conceiving. The are various other temples like Kumar Pal, Vimal Shah and Sampriti Raj.
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