Jainism & Jain Temples of India
Jain Temple Images - Palitana, Gujarat
The following are the photographs of Palitana (Gujarat) Jain Temple & Towers. These photographs shows only the Vimanam known as the top tower, Temple and its intricate craftsmanship of the yester years. All the Temples in India, irrespective of any Religion, are of very rich in sculptures, divine in appearance, with a wonderful craftsmanship & carvings. These photographs speaks for itself about the Indian Architecture marvels! Jai Mahaveera! As is the practice of Sanathana Swadharmam, here in these pages too, I would like to publish all the Indian Religion Temple Images and photographs - thus showing our Unity in Diversity!
Palitana - Location
Palitana is located in the western Indian state of Gujarat, 51 km south west of Bhavnagar. It is a part of the Saurashtra region famed for its spectacular temple sites, cities, beautiful beaches, and wildlife. The town has a good road and rail network that connects it to the other cities of Gujarat, especially Bhavnagar.
The act of ascending a path to reach a place of pilgrimage is a part of the Hindu and Jain consciousness, which is why many of their holiest temples are located along hills and mountain ranges. The Jains have five separate hill locations for their holiest clusters of temples and Shatrunjaya Hill, Palitana is considered the most important among them. Another group is in Girnar (Junagadh), not too far away, while others are in Rajasthan and Maharashtra.
Palitana houses perhaps the largest cluster of Jain temples anywhere. From the base to the peak of the Shatrunjaya Hill, where the Palitana temples are located, there are in all 863 temples. These temples were built in two phases-the 11th and 12th centuries as a part of the resurgence of temple building all over India, and in the 16th century. Some of the earliest temples built in the 11th century were destroyed by Muslim invaders in the 14th and 15th centuries. The current temples date back to 16th century onwards. Not any one person or group was responsible for the construction of these magnificent temples. It was the effort of the wealthy businessmen who were followers of Jainism that these buildings came into existence.