Pilgrimage to Palitana, Gujarat

Tripoto
16th Mar 2019
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Day 1

Being brought up in a Jain family, Palitana has always been very close to my heart and soul. Just after our wedding, we decided to visit this Maha Teerth to seek blessings.

Palitana can be easily visited over a weekend. No leaves required. If you are from Mumbai, there is a train called Bhavnagar Express which leaves on Friday 9.30 pm and reaches Songadh (closest station to Palitana) at 10:30 am. From there you can take a share can/auto for INR 60 and reach Palitana in 40 minutes. Post freshen up and having light lunch, you can start climbing the mountain at around 1:00pm if you want to do the Kesar puja of Lord Adinath. Before I tell how the trip was, let me share a brief description of what is Palitana and why is it so important.

Palitana is one of the most holy and important pilgrimages in Jainism. The main temple on top of the hill is that of Adinath, the first Tirthankara in Jainism and the marble sculpture of the deity is bedecked with gold ornaments studded with precious jewels.

There are around 800 different shrines dedicated to the Tirthankars and their disciples. As the temple-city of Palitana was built to be an abode for the divine, no one is allowed to stay overnight, including the priests. The temple remains closed during the four months of monsoon. Palitana is considered to be an immortal teerth in Jainism and only the blessed soul who are destined to attain moksha can do the pilgrimage with faith.

Below are the glimpses from one of the most memorable jatra for my family (as it was our first jatra post our wedding)

Jai Adinath!

My wife's happy face while doing the first jatra to Palitana

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Family selfie with my dad

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Beautiful Shatrunjay River as seen from the top of Palitana

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Parrots and squirrels enjoying their meals

Photo of Pilgrimage to Palitana, Gujarat by Prateek vora

Group of Parrots enjoying their evening snacks while we were descending from the mountain

Photo of Pilgrimage to Palitana, Gujarat by Prateek vora

The beautiful path to divinity

Photo of Pilgrimage to Palitana, Gujarat by Prateek vora

Sunset and silhouette

Photo of Pilgrimage to Palitana, Gujarat by Prateek vora

Aerial view of Palitana town

Photo of Pilgrimage to Palitana, Gujarat by Prateek vora
Photo of Pilgrimage to Palitana, Gujarat by Prateek vora

Witnessing sunset while descending

Photo of Pilgrimage to Palitana, Gujarat by Prateek vora

Samovasaran (place where Tirthankars give deshna or lectures to all living beings) Google it for more information

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Day 2

On Sunday, we visited the nearby shrines for doing puja as Palitana town is full of unique Jain temples. We had an evening train for Mumbai. The train departs at 6.00 pm and reaches Mumbai by 8.30 am. I have always been a sunset lover and couldn't resist clicking few pictures from the moving train.

Photos clicked on : OnePlus 5

Happy Reading!

Photo of Pilgrimage to Palitana, Gujarat by Prateek vora
Photo of Pilgrimage to Palitana, Gujarat by Prateek vora
Photo of Pilgrimage to Palitana, Gujarat by Prateek vora
Photo of Pilgrimage to Palitana, Gujarat by Prateek vora
Photo of Pilgrimage to Palitana, Gujarat by Prateek vora
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