temples of Mount Satrunjaya, at Palitana
are considered the holiest of all pilgrimage places by the white robed, temple-oriented (Svetambara Murtipujaka
) portion of the Jain communityJohn E. Cort, Framing the Jina: Narratives of Icons and Idols in Jain History,
p.120. Oxford U Press (2010). ISBN 0195385020. There are a total of 863 temples, exquisitely carved in marble, located on the Satrunjaya hills. The temple city has been built as an abode for the Gods; hence, no one is allowed to stay overnight, including the priests.
The main temple, on top of the hill, is dedicated to 1st Tirthankar
, Lord Aadinatha
There is also a tomb of a Muslim Saint "Angar Shah Peer" on top of the mountain. It is said that this Muslim Saint has protected the Sacred hills of Palitana centuries ago and since then it has secured a place near the Jain Derasar's and people usually bow down at this "Durgah" and is so holy that whatever we wish comes true if asked with pure heart.
Some people call the following encounters myths some give facts and some believes them which lives in the heart of every follower of Jainism.
- 1. The moolnayak murti-Lord Adinath's idol breathed 7 times, when it was first placed over there.
- 2. A layer of silver gets accumulated on idol every night and that serves as the priest's fees rather gift from god.
- 3. A small idol of Lord Suparshvanath Swami around......