Girnar Mountain Junagadh Gujarat India Information - Photos
Girnar Mountain (Junagadh district) is a sacred hill both to the Hindus as well as Jains. According to traditional history, Siddhas have used it as a retreat to undertake tapasya since ancient times. The 3660 feet hill is connected with Lord Krishna.
For all Gujarati Girnar Mountain is like a Tourist place.
The Tallest of the Girnar Mountain rises to 1,031 meters (3,383 ft), the highest peak in Gujarat. A stone path - a pilgrimage route - climbs from peak to peak. It is claimed that there are 9,999 steps from the trailhead to the last temple on the highest peak, but the actual number is roughly 8,000. On the ways towards the peak of Girnar, there are temples and places; namely, `Bharathari Gufa (cave)', `Mali Parab', `Ramchandra Temple', and `Hathi Pashan'. Every year, a race is held, running from the base of the mountain to the peak and back.
Girnar Mountain was known by different names at different periods - Ujjayant, Manipur, Chandraketupur, Raivat Nagar, Puratanpur, Girivar and Girnar. Of the seven peaks five are important Amba Mata, Gorakhnath, Augadh, Guru Dattatreya and Kalika. The pilgrims have to climb 4000 steps to reach the top. There are five important Jain temples, besides several Hindu shrines. The most prominent Jain shrine is the rectangular Neminath temple which was completed between 1128 CE and 1159 CE. Neminath (the 22th Tirthankar) is carved in black marble with jeweled eyes. The courtyard is filled with sculptures. Further up is the Amba temple. Recently weds who seek Mataji's blessings for a joyful married life frequent it.
In the Hindu religion, the legend is that climbing Girnar Mountain barefooted earns one a place in Heaven. The nearby Gir Forest serves as sanctuary for the last remaining Asiatic Lions. It is also famous for the Kathiawadi culture in the adjacent region.
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This temple was constructed during `Gupt' dynasty and references to this temple are found in the books written in seventh century. In the southern direction from `Ambaji' temple, there is another peak known as `Guru Gorakhnath' peak. `Oghad' peak is the next peak and followed by water tank known as `Kamandal Kund'. There are steep steps to climb the peak of `Dattatreya' temple. To reach the peak of `Kalka' temple, one has to get down and climb another hill. The last two temples do not have steps on the way and you have to climb the mountain.
The first peak of Girnar Mountain has a collection of carved Jain temples. Higher up, there are temples of `Jatashanker Mahadev' and `Gaumukhi Ganga'. Famous places like `Sheshavan', `Bharanvan' and `Hanumandhara' are nearer to the temple of `Gaumukhi Ganga'. The original way to climb Girnar from western side was from `Hanumandhara'. One can reach `Ambaji' temple after climbing approximately 5,000 steps. At the entrance to the Ambaji Temple there is a marker on the steps that indicates 4868 steps from the start.
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