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Palitana

Palitana is situated about 51 kms south west of Bhavnagar. Palitana is a sacred city of the Jains located about 215 km. from Ahmedabad. It is the gateway to the Shatrunjaya hill. Palitana is one of Jainism's holiest pilgrimage sites. About 863 temples are situated on the top of the Shatrunjaya hill. These temples are exquisitely carved in marble and built over a period of 900 years. The top of the Shatrunjaya hill is bounded by the sturdy walls and the temples are grouped in nine enclosures. Each group of these temples has a central temple with various minor temples clustered around it. Some of the temples were built in the 11th century but were destroyed by Muslims in the 15th and 16th centuries. The current temples belong to the 16th century. One has to climb the 600 m height of the hill. From the base of the hill to the summit one has to climb up for 2 kms, more than 3000 steps. At a moderate pace the ascent will take about two hours. You can also visit this place in Dolis or lift chairs. Walking sticks are also available. The Shatrunjaya hill provides a breathtaking view of Palitana town.

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Tourist Attractions in Palitana
One of the major tourist attraction in Palitana are the temples located on the Shatrunjaya hill. The temple of Shri Adishwara, the first Jain tirthankar (apostle) is located on the Shatrunjaya hill. It is one of the most magnificent and the most sacred temple located on the Shatrunjaya hill. Near to this temple, the Muslim shrine of Angar Pir is located where the childless women offer miniature cradles to the saint to bless them with children. Another important temple is the Chaumukh or Four-Faced Temple. This temple has an image of Adinath which face out in the four cardinal directions. The are various other temples like Kumar Pal, Vimal Shah and Sampriti Raj.

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