Photography is not allowed these days at most of the temples in India and the rules here were no different. Getting space for secretly capturing photos was also not possible, with the huge deployment of security guards all over the place. Straight up, in this above picture, is the main temple i.e. of Lord Adinath.
Quick Tips on Palitana Temple
There are 3,745 steps before one reaches the temple of Lord Adinath. While it may sound fun in the beginning, it is not. These many steps mean that now you have reached a height of 1,978 feet above sea-level. It is required that you may practice walking or gymming 15 days before your trip.
The distance of these 3745 steps is approx 3 kms. Climbing them also requires around 3 hours. Coming down takes less than 2 hours.
The temples have been built over the period of 960 years, with the first temple of Lord Adinath being built around 1100 AD.
The temples on the hill are grouped together called “Toonk”. There are 9 Toonks having a Central Shrine and other smaller temples around it.
Out of the 863 temples, the most visited ones by pilgrims are Adinath Temple, VimalShah Temple, Chaumukh Temple, Kumarpal and Samprati Raja Temple.
There is a “Doli” (Manual Carriage) system, where 4 labourers carry you to the top and bring you down the hill, they charge around INR 800/- per head. Mostly, pilgrims with medical condition or elderly people use this facility.
I observed strict silence is followed by the pilgrims at the top of the hill. They will only speak only while offering prayers or if need be.
It is expected to not eat anything whilst climbing from the Palitana Temple base to the top of the hill. As such, there is nothing to eat in between. Drinking water is served.
Because the place is not commercialized yet, there is a great deal of devotion and tranquility all around
How To Reach Palitana Temple Town ?
Located in the state of Gujarat, Bhavnagar is the closest city to Palitana temple city. Bhavnagar has an airport but flight connectivity is rather limited. Instead, people fly till Ahmedabad and thereafter either take a bus or train to Palitana. Ahmedabad to Palitana is approx 210 kms.
Do note, you may have to book train to Sihor Railway Station. Most tourists alight one stop prior to Sihor, called Songadh. Songadh Railway Station is approx 25 kms from Palitana Temple Town. There are Auto-Rickshaws & Jeeps available outside Songadh Railway Station, they charge INR 50/- per head to Palitana.