Palitana was founded by Shahji, a Gohel Rajput. He made it his capital and remained a princely state in the British era also. After the death of last ruler, the royal family was gradually deteriorating because of internal fights between wives and sisters. Today only ruins are left to testify the royal heritage. The palace is also a good example of erstwhile architecture. The little town also known for diamond cutting and horse breeding. The town is considered by many Jains to be more important than the temple covered hills of Jharkhand, Mt Abu and Girnar.
Sights And ActivitiesShetrunjaya Hill
This not so high hill is strewn by almost 900 temples and that also established over a period of 900 years. The places is considered as abode of god therefore, even priest do stay here in night. The temples are dedicated to different Tirthankars of Jain religion and manifests their belief and life. The hilltop is bounded by walls and the temples are grouped into nine enclosures - each has a central temple with many minor ones clustered around. Many earlier temples from 11th century were destroyed by Muslim rulers in the 14th and 15th century. The most notable temple was dedicated to Shri Adishwara, the first Jain tirthankar. Other important temples are dedicated to Kumar Pal, Sampriti Raj and Vimal Shah. Properly attire is must while visiting the temples, also leave behind leather items, eatables, drinks before entering the temple. Photo permits must be obtained from the main office before you commence the ascent.
Angar Pir is a Muslim shrine that is located adjacent to the Adishwara temple. It is believed that unfruitful mothers are blessed with children after the blessing of Pir. The women who come for blessing offer mini cradles to the shrine and as a result the whole shrine is strewed with cradles.
Jain Kala Stapiya
This small museum holds some precious Jain artifacts and manuscripts. Museum is renamed by the name Shri Vishal Jain Sansthan and located on Taleti road.
An interesting excursion is to visit Lothal. This famous archaeological site is dated back to Indus Valley Civilisation of Mohenjodaro and Harappa. Ruins in Lothal testify the excellent architecture and town planning of more than 4500 years old civilization.