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Tuesday, January 12, 2021



At an altitude of 72 3672 feet tall, Bhela Girnar is an ancient hill in Junagadh. This centuries old hill is surrounded by 866 Hindu and Jain temples spread over the summit. One has to walk 9999 steps to reach the final peak. The trek starts from Girnar Hilti to Girnar foothills.

Among the places to pass on the pilgrimage to Girnar mountain is Domdar Kund, near Damodar and Baldwaji temples. Historians say that the 15th century poet Narasimha Mehta bathed in the Domdar Kund and composed many of his beautiful hymns here. Passing through rocky paths to visit any other peaks, travelers will visit many temples of different sects of Hinduism. In this series of temples, one will come to the Bhavnath temple where one can see the ‘naked monks’ coming to celebrate Shivaratri. After climbing Sum000 steps, steps 00 steps of the first summit, a Jain temple will reach the plate with the complex. Most of the Jain temples here date back to the 12th century and are the same place where the 22nd Tirthankar of Jainism, died after 700 years of ascetic meditation. After walking 2000 steps, you will start to see the beautiful view of Girnar mountain. Then to reach the other peaks, the stone trail continues 1000 steps down and 1000 steps back up. The last temple on Girnar hill is the temples of Kalika, where the ashes of the funeral can be seen from head to toe covered with awful monks.

An early morning walk on Girnar Hill is a joyous experience that stays with the memory of tourists for a lifetime. Hindu and Jain devotees often visit these temples as they are sacred. Those who are looking for a little adventure and fun can visit for challenging climbs as well as scenery and temple architectural views.

Girnar Hill Junag adh

Hindu pilgrimage sites

Girnar Hill holds a special place for Hindu devotees. Dattatreya Paduka, an ancient temple situated on the 9,999 steps of Girnar hill, is the most revered place for Hindus. The locals say that the paduka of Guru "Dattatreya" rests on the upper part of Girnar. According to the facts, Guru Dattatreya is the incarnation of the three Hindu gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The place is visited by Naga monks. Many monks claim that they have seen the places of Guru Dattatreya. Gorakshannath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Amba Mata Temple are some of the other temples that are other Hindu temples worth visiting.

Jain shrines

Jain pilgrims refer to Girnar as Neminath mountain. The group of temples on the top of Girnar mountain is sacred to both Digambar and Shwetambar, the two main sects of Jainism. Girnar Hill has been an important place for Jains since the 3rd century.

Below are some of the Jain temples that can be seen on Girhal hill.

Tirthankar Neminath Temple

Tirthankar Neminath Temple is the largest temple dedicated to Lord Neminath (22nd Jain Tirthankar). Historians say that Neminath became a hermit in this temple when he saw the slaughter of animals for his food on his wedding day. He renounced all worldly pleasures and came to Girnar mountain to seek salvation. Here, after the great ascetics of Lord Neminath, Jnana reached only the highest state of Jnana and Moksha. Inside the Neminath temple, a black granite idol of Lord Neminath can be seen with jeweled eyes. The pillars of the temples are decorated with intricate carvings of Jain Tirthankaras.

Other Jain temples

There are other Jain temples in the Girnar hills like Bagwan temples Shabhadev temple, Mallinath temple and Bagwan Parshvanath temple. The gardener Shabhadev temple is easily recognizable due to its golden color architecture. The Bagwan Parshvanath Temple, also known as Meravasi, was built in the 15th century.

See below for five tanks on Girnar hill:

First Tank: In the first tank, one can see the Digmabar Jain Temple and a cave called Rajulamati Cave. There is also a small temple in which the idol of Lord Bahubali can be seen (120 cm) in posture.

Second Tank: After passing 900 steps from the first, there is another Tank which exhibits the steps of Sage Aniruddha Kumat and the temple of Goddess Ambika.

Third Tonk: In the third tank, the footprints of sage Sambukkumar are installed. Sage Sambukkumar has attained Nirvana from this place.



Fourth Tonk: Tonk is known for the footprints of Lord Krishna's son Pradhyaman Kumar installed here. He attained Nirvana from this place.

Fifth Tonk: The fifth Tonk is sacred to the devotees for the footprints of Lord Neminath. Lord Neminath, the 22nd Tirthankar got Moksha from this place.

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