PALITANA

Situated on the bank of river shetrunji in the district of Bhavnagar, Palitana is a 1200 years old place of pilgrimage. Its a world renowned place. The name Palitana is derived from Padaliptpur – Palittanak Acharya Pradaliptasuri’s disciple Nagarjuna built the village and gave it the name Padliptapur. The holy place is located at the height of 1800 ft. on mounteein Shetrunjya. After climbing 3475 step, one can reach to the Derasarof Shri Adishwar Bhagavan. It is said that Vastupal and Tejpal prepared a path by arranging stones so that the devotees can reach to the holy place. The entire hill fort area Is spread across 20 acres of land and houses 108 big ‘Derasars’ and 872 ‘Deris’. Apart from this, there are about seven thousand Jain idols here. In terms of exquisite stone carving and sculpting, the place is unmatched in the world. In the ancient time, Pundarik swami, the ‘Ganadhar’ of Bhagavan Rishabhdeve, came here to achieve ‘Moksha’ and therefore It Is also known as “Pundarikgirr. The first temple on the Shri Glriraj, the ShetrunJya, was built by king Bharat and the original temple of Adishwar Bhagavan was built by King Vikram. Apart from this, there are many other historical temples and holy places here including a temple built by Kumarpal, the Bhavani lake built by Pruthvlraj Chauhan, a stone temple built by Uda Maheta. All these places are worth a sight. The holy place was renovated by Shresthi Javadasha one thousand years ago.