A Hill with 863 Temples in India

 

The Satrunjaya Hill in Palitana, India is the most sacred pilgrimage sites of the religion of Jainism, present in Eastern, Central and South West India. Palitana is a sacred place where the hill is literally covered with temples in many shapes and sizes

The Jain religion’s teaching promotes among other guidelines that all beings are worthy of respect. Therefore, the greatest sin is to cause harm to a living being, as well as land or the souls of the water or air.

There are hundreds of temples in Palitana that is visited every year by millions of visitors. Scattered on a hill of 67 meters high average, there is a total of 1,250 temples in it. The complex concentrates more than 27,000 stone idols decorating the derasar, or temples of Jainism.

Derasar temples are characterized by its many marble pillars carved to perfection. As a visitor, the rules of access to a derasar is often strict.

The temples on the hill of Shatrunjaya are carved in marble, and were built by generations of Jains over 900 years. The number of temples is amazing, and being an abode of the gods, no one is allowed to spend a full night in the place.

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