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Things To Do In Palitana
Palitana is purely a religion spot and considered spiritual in Jainism. As per the Jain community, this place is supposed to be visited by every Jain believer at least once in his/her lifetime. Mythology says that this place is where Lord Adinath achieved enlightenment. If you think there aren’t enough things to do in Palitana because of it being a religious place, you’re not completely right. Visiting holy places can transform your life completely. You not only feel peaceful at such places, but you also get the positive energy you need to continue to live your life the way it should be. So here we present a list of things that you must try at Palitana to make your trip memorable.
Admire the Prominence of Shatrunjaya Hills
Shatrunjaya in simplest terms means “a place of victory from the inner enemy”. So these hills are the ones where the great saints of Jainism attained enlightenment and gained victory from their inner enemy. These hills are sacred and house numerous temples at the hilltop. Million of Jains visit this place to seek blessings and get mesmerized when they learn more about the place. The view from the top is simply outstanding and if you are with your family and friends, this is indeed a great place for clicking pictures. So don’t forget to include this place in your things-to-do list.
Learn More About Jainism
Jainism is one of those religions about which people love to explore more. They have unique ways of living life and the teachings of Jainism have changed the lives of numerous people. So if you’re one of those who want to seek more knowledge about this religion, there can’t be a better place than a museum. For that, a visit to Shri Vishal Jain Museum in Palitana is the best way to learn more about Jainism, its culture, tradition, and history. It can enlighten any peace-seeking soul or mesmerize anyone with its history, at least. So we recommend making this part of your things-to-do list.
Visit Palitana’s Most Revered Temple
On the bank of River Shatrunjaya, the Hastagiri Jain Tirth is the most famous Jain temple in Palitana. This temple is a dedication to Bhagwan Rishabhdev as per Jain mythology. According to legends, this place was built by Bharat Chakravartin, the eldest son of Bhagawan Adishwar. Even today, the footprints of Bhagawan Adishwar are preserved in a small temple for everyone to see. It’s said that Bharat Chakravartin attained salvation here and he observed fast unto death and attained moksha. The King’s elephant also followed him. As a result, the teerth is called as Shri Hastagiri Tirth.
Spend a Day or Two in Bhavnagar
If you have time, spending a couple of days in Bhavnagar can add value to your trip. Bhavnagar is located at a distance of 50 km from Palitana city center. You can take a train, a bus, or a cab to reach Bhavnagar. Bhavnagar has many things in store for you. Amongst many, Nilambagh Palace, Barton Library And Museum, Gandhi Smriti, Victoria Nature Park, Gaurishankar lake, Takteshwar Temple, and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir are the most famous places to visit in Bhavnagar.
Let Your Spirits Fly High at the Beach
Having spent a delightful day after visiting the temples, there’s no better way to end your affairs in Palitana than taking a long walk at the beach. Palitana’s most famous beach known by the name of Gopinath offers what a tiring soul looks forward to. Peace and serenity. If you don’t feel like walking on the beach, simply sitting on the sand and watching the sun hide in the wide sea is amazing. This is the place where you energize yourself and end your amazing trip. For those who love visiting temples, they can visit the 700 years old Gopnath Mahadev Temple which is built near the beach.
What attracts tourists to Palitana is the spectacular beauty of the temples and shopping. Shopping in Palitana can be an exciting affair. Most of the areas in Palitana are very famous for shopping. The local bazaars provide both quality products and variety. It will not be wrong to say that shopping in Palitana is not less significant than any of the tourist attractions in Gujarat.
The markets are colorful, exuberant, and decorated with plenty of stuff for shopaholics. One can also find many electronic items beside the traditional clothes and other materials. Some great stuff that you can buy include handicraft items, especially near the Shatrunjaya hill area. So just be around the markets and you will find many things to fill your bags with to your way home.