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This story is designed to walk with you as you climb the 3400 steps to the top and tour the temple complex at the summit. The tour makes sure you see every significant temple and stop and explains the significance of what you are seeing.

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Jay Taleti (Step 45)

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Jay Taleti is the worshipable rock of the base of the hill. It represents the sacredness of the whole Shatrunjay hill as it is impossible to worship the whole hill from top to bottom.

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Temple of babu​ (Step 86)

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This temple was constructed in 1900 by Babu Dhanpat Singh to fulfill his mother’s wish. His mother, Mehtab Kumari visited Shatrunjay in her later years. She found the journey to be arduous.

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Samavasaran​ (Step 108)

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The Samavasaran Mandir was inaugurated in 1986 after 14 years of construction. It is a three-dimensional representation of the samavasaran.

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Kirti shambh (Step 620)

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On the left is the entrance to the newest temple on this hill. The temple houses four idols of Adinath facing in all four directions. Such as arrangement is called a Chaumukhi.

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Bahubali story (Step 650)​

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Adinath, the first Jain tirthankar, had two wives. He had 99 sons by his first wife, of whom Bharat was the eldest, and 1 daughter named Brahmi. By the second wife, he had one son named Bahubali and one daughter named Sundari.

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Bharat story​ (Step 650)

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In the earlier story we heard how Bahubali achieved enlightenment. What became of Bharat? Bharat became the undisputed emperor, or Chakravarti, of all of India. His rule was so expansive that another name for India actually became Bharat.

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Story of Marudevi (Step 1156)​

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Marudevi is best known as the mother of Adinath, the first Jina. Like other mothers of Jinas, Marudevi experienced the auspicious dreams that herald the birth of a Jina.

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Hinglaj hado story ​(Step 1900)

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This is a shrine with an idol of Ambika devi. The story goes like this: There was a demon named Hingul, who harassed all the devotees climbing this hill.

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Rest area & the Story of the Devoted Elephant (Step - 1952)

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To the right of this water station named Karuna Parab, is a shrine dedicated to the footprints of “Kalikund Parshwanath”.

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Breathtaking Shatrunjay River (Step 2200)

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You probably noticed the Shatrunjay River flowing on your left during your climb. By now, the view of the river and the surrounding area should be breathtaking. The river starts in the hills of Gir and empties into the Gulf of of Cambay

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Holy footprints & Eternal names (Step 2419)

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Jainism postulates that time has no beginning or end. It cycles continuously, like a wheel. We are in an endless cycle of birth and rebirth, living many lives, until we escape this cycle by attaining enlightenment. Jain texts record the details of the tirthankars’ previous lives before the final life in which they attained enlightenment. In Jain tradition, the tirthankars were royals in their final lives, which meant that they had to renounce more worldly possessions than others would have to in order to follow the Jain path

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Padmavati temple & the Snakes Kingdom (Step 2623)

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The Padmavati temple is part of the Shri Pujya Toonk. The entrance is to the right, past the benches and water station.As you enter, notice the water reservoir, or parab, on the left. Now look to the right. These are individual shrines for each of the 24 tirthankars with idols and footprints.

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Shrine of Sons Taking Up Arms (Step 2867)

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On the right, is a fenced mini-temple on a platform with 4 idols made of black marble standing in a meditative posture. The first two, Dravid and Varikhill, were among Adinath’s 102 children.

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Five shrines & Death of Death (Step 2943)

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On the right is a shrine on a platform with five sculptures made of black marble in standing meditative posture. I found an interesting story about one of them. His name was Thavaccha-putra.

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A Mother's Rage on Sukoshal Muni (Step 2951)

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King Kirtidhar of Ayodhya was engrossed in observing the colorful artwork made by sun in the sky. An eclipse put an end to that beautiful show.

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Nami Vinami (Step 2971)

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Take a moment to look at this shrine. Do you see anything different? Both footprints point in the opposite directions and both have their own doors.

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Angarsha Pir, Where Faiths Meet (Step 3100)

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Look up to your right. Do you see a white wall with a green flag? That is Angarsha Pir. It may be surprising to you to find a muslim place of worship here.

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Cave Carvings of Krishna's Sons (Step 3200)

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On the right is a hollow cut-out in the rock, forming a cave. There are steps that take you to the carvings of 3 idols of Krishna’s sons, named “Jali, Mayali, and Uvayali” in a standing meditative posture.

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Welcome to the Top! Ram Pol (Step 3300)

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Congratulations. You have reached the main gate. The gate is called Ram Pol. Beyond the gate is a corridor where all the porters rest.

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Waghan Pol (Map 8)

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This map shows you the next few landmarks and the route to follow. If you hired a Doli or a helper, they will wait for you here.

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Motishah Toonk, Temple Over the Canyon

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The third temple is Motishah Toonk. A short flight of stairs brings you to this temple complex. The temples are beautiful and the view of the temple complex as you reach the top of the stairs is absolutely amazing.

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Sagal Pol & Restrooms

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As you climb a flight of steps, you will walk through Sagal pole, the second gate. This is where you will prepare to enter the main complex. Shoes are not allowed beyond this area. There are shoe racks on the right. You can leave your sticks here as well.

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Waghan Pol, the Tiger Gate

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This third Gate is called Waghan Pol. Can you guess where it got its name Waghan means tigress in Gujarati. To the right of the gate is carving of a tigress, which is how this gate got its name.

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Shantinath Temple & Second Ritual

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Shanti means peace. We all yearn for peace but it continues to evade us. It is believed that if one prays with devotion to Shantinath in this temple on Shatrunjay, one can get everlasting peace.

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Neminath's temple & the Incomplete Wedding

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The Neminath temple is a Must See. Take a moment to go inside. It is a beautiful and ancient temple. The temple has three levels. We will first go to the basement to see a beautifully carved representation of Neminath’s wedding ceremony.

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Window of Virtue and Sin

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This is another Must See. Just after Neminath temple, make a slight left, where you will see the doorway to the Window of Virtue and Sin.

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Temple of a 100 Pillars

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A little bit ahead, just across from the Window of Virtue and Sin is a temple that has a hundred pillars. The pillars are laid out such that none of them block your view of the Chaumukhi or four-faced main idol.

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Hathi Pol & Changing Rooms

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Haathi means elephant. This is the fourth gate. As you probably guessed already, the gate gets its name from the stone elephants on each side.

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Ratan Pol & the First Sight of Adinath

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Ratan Pol means ‘Jewel Gate’. It got this name because you can see the crown jewel of all the temples on this hill as you walk through the gate.

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Main Temple

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You are now in the main courtyard. This is a busy place. Men in white “dhoti”, which is traditional attire, and women in saris are probably walking around with bronze plates filled with flowers and sandalwood paste. These are for worship.

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Map 10 : The Inner Circle Path

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When visiting a temple, walking around its outside – pradaksina – is part of the ritual. Pilgrims to the Adinath Temple are advised to make three circumambulations to discover adjacent temples or holy spots.

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Map 11 : : The Outer Circle Path

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We will start our second circle from the left as well. Click on the map button if you need to come back to this map as you go around the second circle.

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Stop 13 : Return

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When you have finished enjoying the splendor of the Adinath temples and are ready to start your return, you have a couple of options.

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