Shatrunjay, Palitana is one of the five holy pilgrimage centers for Jains. The Shatrunjay Hill is located in Palitana. You can reach the top complex at Shatrunjay by climbing for a couple of hours. On the top complex, there is one small temple dedicated to Ashtapad, the fifth holy pilgrimage center that is lost in the Himalayas. This temple has Ravan and Mandodari’s idols in them. And, there is a very interesting story about Mandodari dancing and Ravan replacing broken string. For the full story, please download the Palitana app that has a full description of this story as well the entire complex and Shatrunjay hills.
The view from the top of the Shatrunjay Hill is spectacular. Here one can smell the fragrance of Jasmine. The beautiful temples located on the hill are decorated with silver and gold donated to the temple. The local legend states that Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankar visited the hills many times and so, his son erected the first temple.
Ravan and Mandodari idols are kept in the front area in a structure known as Ashtapad temple on the hill top complex. The above picture shows the Ashtapad structure from its outside. Ashtapad is considered the fifth Jain Tirth that is lost to the mankind. The legend is that Ravan’s soul will one day liberate to become a Tirthankar and so, his idol is kept in this temple.
If you are planning to visit Shatrunjay Hill in Palitana Gujarat, the Palitana app can be quite useful. The app is available for both Android and Apple. It has complete `information about the area and stories about the history of the Palitana pilgrimage. The app also guides you with a detailed map to reach your destination. You can explore the entire area with the help of the Palitana app. With Bhavyatra now on your phone, you have access to the legends of the Jain pilgrimage. It will be your personal guide to assist during the entire tour. With an easy interface, the app gives you all information on your fingertips. The app also provides information about Ravan and Mandodri.
You can easily reach Palitana. It is well connected by road with Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, and Porbandar. A visit to Palitana will guide you about Shatrunjay pilgrimage center as well as Ravan-Mandodri.
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