Adiswara Temple Palitana


About Adiswara Temple



Palitana is renowned for its magnificent and extraordinary Jain Temple complex which is situated on Satrunjay Hill. The Adiswara Temple is part of this complex, famous with tourists from India and abroad equally.

According to the legend, the temples were constructed to honour 24 Tirthankara. Though each temple is distinct, the Adiswara Temple is a masterpiece in itself and is the main attraction of this holy place. This temple dates back to the 16th century and was made in honour of Adinath, the first Tirthankara. It is believed that Adinath visited this place 99 times, and then the first temple was constructed by his son. It is also said that Adinath attained enlightenment here.

Major attraction

The Adiswara temple has a large idol of Lord Rishabhadeva. The idol is decorated with gold and other ornamental jewels. The roof and the pillars inside the temple are decorated with intricately cut marble in the shape of dragons.

The most amazing part of this pilgrimage is that you have to climb around 3500 stairs, which finally lead to the top most part of the hill where the famous temples stand tall. For youngsters this would be a great adventure in itself, but for elderly this could be very tiring. There are numerous various locals who earn their living by renting out string chairs, also known as dholi, at a price of Rs 500 round trip. During the festive season the prices go up to Rs 1000.

There are a few strict rules which need to be followed, tourist are not allowed to carry any eatables during the trip. You can only eat before or after the trip. No leather articles and photography is allowed, you can keep your valuables at the entrance. Nobody is allowed to remain on the hill at night. You have to finish your journey before the night.

Best Time to visit

Gujarat's weather is a classic example of an Indian summer. The maximum temperature reaches up to 48 degrees in different regions of the city. The summer season starts from March and lasts until June, which is also the onset of monsoons.

The monsoon season starts from June and lasts till September. The place receives a substantial amount of rainfall for at least four months. The weather is quite damp throughout this season, making your trip sticky and humid.

The best season to visit is between October to February when the temperature is between 24 degrees during the day and around 10 degrees during the night.

Location

The Adiswara temple is situated on the Satrunjaya hills in the small town of Palitana. It is one of the most beautiful temples decorated with unique carvings and architectural designs.

How to reach

There are various options to reach Palitana. The nearest airport to this small town is Bhavnagar at a distance of 51 kilometres. There are various domestic airlines which connect Bhavnagar to cities like Mumbai and Surat. But for a better connectivity, Ahmedabad is the best option which connects to major cities as well as internationally. You can reach Palitana from Ahmedabad in about seven hours.

Palitana has a small railway station and it is only connected with Bhavnagar. Travelling by road is also a good option if you wish to see the wonderful cities in Gujarat. State run transport buses and private coaches are available too. There are buses which run on an hourly basis from Palitana to Bhavnagar. Regular bus service from Ahmedabad, Diu, Una is also available.

Sources: Tourism guides



Last Updated on : June 30, 2014