Palitana : A Pilgrimage

26 Nov


When i first confronted the idea of going to Palitana (60 kms from Bhavnagar, Gujarat), I was skeptical and apprehensive to say the least. My exams just got over last week and to be honest I was in no mood to visit temples. But due to circumstances beyond my control (read : parental pressure) I had to give in and make the trip.

For those of you who do not know, Palitana is a Jain pilgrimage of sorts. At the top of the mountain lies a huge sacred temple of First Tirthankar Adinathji. You have to climb around 10 kms or around 4300 steps to reach the top, choose whichever stat that makes you happier sitting in that chair. En route you come across many many other temples too.

But now that am back to Bombay with my sore back and legs I am glad I made the trip. Though I am not big on Temples and Religion, climbing so much in itself was a challenge I looked forward to. My cousins and I managed to do the climbing barefoot, less because of the religious angle, moreso because of the crazy “Lets do this!”.

The atmosphere after you reach the top is brilliant. The feeling of overcoming the climb and exhaustion is taken over by the sheer awe and the magnificence all around you. Almost all the temples take your breath away. Sheer architecture and scale of things makes the whole climb worth it. All in all these were a couple of days to remember. In the process I got to check out a new town and their market, also a special drink “Goti Soda”. I am going to stop the talking now. Enjoy the pictures : )

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Tushar Chhajed believes Chelsea’s and his time will come. On the Verge, literally. tusharchhajed@gmail.com

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4 Responses to “Palitana : A Pilgrimage”

  1. akilavenkat09 November 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    BUAHAHAH! the label! ‘amateur pics’….then ‘brilliant pics’ 😀
    Interesting place tush! My mind is racing already!

    • Tushar Chhajed November 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

      HAHA .. the first part tells u the truth.. “amateur” … the second part is what i wish i could become … “brilliant” …. : )

  2. Sosha November 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Whoa! Was that a dargah in the middle of all this? Strange.

    And you haven’t had goti soda before? :O Goti soda is the vada-pav of Gujarat. You find one cart selling them in every lane.

    • Tushar Chhajed November 28, 2011 at 1:01 am #

      Yeah thats a darga. Apparently some Prince had come with his army to destroy Palitana and all its temples. This Darga made some ‘angar shower’ and forced the prince away. Thats the storyline. Very weird indeed. Was pretty surprised to find a Darga on a Jain Pilgrimage.

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