Palitana a city and a municipality in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, 50 km south-west of Bhavnagar city. It is a major pilgrimage centre for Jains.
Palitana was founded in 1194 and was ruled by nobles until it joined the newly independent country of India in 1948. No-one is allowed to sleep overnight including the priest, because the temple city was built as an abode for the Gods. The temples have been renovated 16 times over the centuries: the Sixteenth Renovation took place in 1587.
Palitana is the fantastic hilltop Jain temple city, an essential holy pilgrimage destination for this nonviolent community. A city of gleaming marble monuments housing representations of the few human souls that have managed to be liberated from the cycle of life,
By planeBhavnagar, the nearest airport, is 51 km from Palitana, but it connects only with Mumbai.
For people coming from other places, a more convenient airport would be Ahmedabad which has an international airport, or Vadodara, which hosts many domestic flights from important cities like Mumbai and Delhi.
Palitana Railway Station PIT
GSRTC Bus Station
By taxiTaxis are available on hire for Palitana from Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad or Vadodara.
Palitana Jain temples on Mount Shatrunjaya hillPalitana has over 850 temples atop sacred Mount Satrunjaya (the “hill that conquers enemies”), which makes it most of any temple city. Many of these temples date to 15-16th centuries while some of them date to even earlier periods. The top is reached by climbing (or by being carried up) 3,572 steps—a stiff 2-hour ascent. Amid the massive warren of white marble shrines and temples, you’ll encounter many devotees dressed in white, some wearing gauze masks to filter innocent microbes from the air that they breathe. Some of the devotees attain ecstatic heights, practicing their faith with devotional singing, clapping, and humming. Others create devotional patterns on the ground using rice and nuts, or are seen gently waving fly-whisks over the idols as a gesture of respect.
Shri Vishal Jain Museumphone: +91 98983 61126address: Opposite Kesariyaji Jain Dharmshala, Taleti Road, TaletiExhibits ancient manuscripts, idols, history of Jainism, life of Jain Tirthankara Mahavira, models of incidents and legends from Jain universal history. Some information is in English.
Jain Cosmic View Show at Jambudweep Templeaddress: TaletiThe temple itself has a large model of Jain cosmic world. Large number of explanatory notes in Gujarati is there with art explaining Jain view of the world. A show is held in evening explaining views like the earth is no round and the Apollo mission to Moon was hoax.
- Tirthankar Adishwar Bhagwan (god) is the "Mul-nayak" (main) bhagwan (god) on the top of Palitana and the most holy thing to do in life is to do puja (nine places on body of god). You can take help of any Jain tourist if you do not know the process of Puja. By performing puja you internal soul will get enlightment.
You can buy very good quality Indian handicrafts in Palitana. You can buy popular local snacks like Bhel and marmalade made of rose petals: Gulkand.
Palitana is famous for its Bhel with Pomegranate seeds.
There are plenty of dharmashalas where one can choose to stay. However, please ensure to abide by the religious code of conduct, while staying there.
Vijay Vilas Palacephone: +91 22 24042211, +91 9427182809address: P. O. Gheti, Village AdpurIt was formerly a country retreat of the ruler of erstwhile Palitana state. Now it is a heritage hotel with view of the hills. Has six rooms.