Adinath Jain Temple, Palitana

CategoryJainism

Languages KnownGujarati, Hindi

AddressAdinath Jain Temple, Palitana, Bhavnagar, Gujarat.

pincode364270

DistrictBhavnagar

About Adinath Jain Temple, Palitana

History

The height of shri shatrunjay Tirth from the foot of the mountain (called Taleti ) is 2000 feet. There are 700 temples on this Tirth consisting of Idols of jain Gods in thousands. The path advancing from the foot of the mountain (called taleti) to the temple of shri Aadinath Bhagwan at the top of the mountain is approximately 4 km long. On its way, there are about 3750 steps to climb. After mounting approximately 3 km from Taleti, one can see two pathways – one leading to the main temple of Shri Aadinath Bhagwan and the other leading to the Nav Tuk temple. While ascending the main Tuk, one comes across the Rampol first. As one climbs further, there is a Hathipol from where one can see the sight of Surajkund, Bhimkund and Ishwarkund. All the temples built on this mountain are distributed in different sections. These sections are termed as Tuks. The small Tuk comprises of 3-4 temples and the big ones have approximately 10 temples. The famous Motisha Tuk consists of 16 temples. Apart from temples, there are maximum number of temples in shri Aadeshwar Dada’s Tuk. Besides these nine Tuks on the mountains , the tuk of Dhanavasahi is situated at taleti. Adjacent to this tuk, there is a beautiful replica of shri pavapuri jal Mandir.


This tirth is known as the eternal tirth. The ancient name of the city of Palitana was Padliptapur. In olden times this mountain was also called Pundarikgiri. Palitana is a city of temples. Worshippers come to Palitana, take a bath in the river, bow down to the 99 idols and cross the ocean of re-births.

With a slender tower over the shrine, the Adinath temple honors the first tirthankar Lord Rishabhdev of Jainism, who is said to have achieved enlightenment on this spot. Lord Rishabhdev had a sign of an Ox on his thigh and before he was born, his mother Marudeva had seen 14 dreams out of which the first was an Ox. He was the first to start the religion and thats why he is also known as ‘Adinath’.

Famous for

The Chhah Gau Yatra covers all jain temples in Palitana. Siddhavad is near Adipur, known as the birth place Lord Adinath the first Thirthankar. It is believed that every Jain should visit Palitana at least once in his lifetime to get “Bhavya” status (fit to attain nirvan or salvation). There are a total of 1250 temples located on the Shetrunjaya hills, exquisitely carved in marble.


The main temple on top of the hill, is dedicated to 1st tirthankar lord Adinath (Rishabdeva). This year, the auspicious day of Chhah Gau Yatra begins on March 8.

In the shrines, on a pedestal, are large figures of Mahavira, sitting with feet crossed in front, like those of Buddha, often decorated with gems, gold plates, and silver.[23] The Adinath temple has an image 2.16 metres (7 ft 1 in) in height of a white-colored idol in the Padmasana posture. The main iconic image of Adinath, carved in fine piece of marble, has crystal eyes. Devotees offer flowers and sandal paste to the deity as they approach the statue for worship. The quadrangle opposite in front of the temples is elaborately designed. There is another shrine opposite to Adishwara temple where the Hindu saint Pundrick Swamy lived in the 5th century.[20] After visiting Adishwara, a temple similar in design, Dilwara temple, is located to the right of the steps used for descending from the main shrine, which is also very elegantly designed with architectural piece in marble. In this temple, Suparswanatha is carved in the centre of a cube-shaped column; Adinatha and Parswanatha adorn the top and bottom of the column. Carvings on the ceiling, floor and the column are very elegantly sculpted. Parswanatha Temple is located in front of this temple.[20] In 2016, a 108 feet idol of Adinath(Rishabhnatha) was installed.

Best time to Visit

During Festivals or Vacation

Best time to Go

Morning to Evening

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Nearest bus stand is Palitana and thier inquiry no. is, 02848252168

Nearest Railway Station is Palitana and Indian Railway Inquiry no. is, 139

Nearest Airport is Bhavnagar and thier inquiry no. is, 02782212971

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