Sights to See
Ashoka’s Rock Edicts
An inscription comprising 14 Edicts of Emperor Ashoka is engraved on a large rock boulder on the way to mount Girnar. Written in Brahmi script, the edicts are in the nature of official pronouncement of policy, and instructions to his officers and subjects. On the same rock are inscriptions in Sanskrit added around 150 AD by Mahakshatrap Rudradaman I, the Saka (Scythian) ruler of Malwa, a member of the Western Kshatrapas dynasty.
Located on the way to the Mount Girnar, this water pond is considered to be a sacred bathing place. In close proximity of the kund is Revati Kund. Legend has it that that Revata left Dwarka and moved near Girnar Hill after his daughter, Revati, married Lord Balarama. Near Aswatthama Hill, which is north of Damodar Kund, is the Damodarji Temple, said to have been built by Vajranabha, Lord Krishna’s great-grandson.
This is the main place where the two festivals are celebrated every year. In the month of October-November during the period of five days concluding on the full-moon day of Kartik Month “Parikrama” is held after hoisting of Dhaja on this temple. The parikrama or circular travel goes on for five days, covering a distance of about 40 km around the Girnar Mountain. In the month of February-March, on the No-Moon-Day of Magha month, the “Maha Shivratri” is celebrated at this temple.
Girnar Hills & Temples
With an elevation of 1,100 m (3630 ft), Girnar Mountain is an extinct volcano. Located 4 km east of Junagadh, it is the prime tourist attraction in the area. Jain pilgrims are drawn to Girnar Hills where you can find a group of beautifully carved Jain temples built between 1128 and 1500. According to Jainism, Neminath, the 22nd tirthankara, is said to have died on Mount Girnar after living here for 700 years. A marble shrine housing his black statue is an important attraction.The Mallinath Temple (1177) is impressive. There is the peak of Ambaji, with a height of 3,330 ft (1,010 m), which is famous for the temple dedicated to the goddess Amba Mata dating back to the 12th century. It is said that a visit to this temple guarantees marital bliss. There are good natural sceneries from the top of the mountain. The steps go down and up again to Gorakhnath Peak at 1116m (3666 ft) above sea level, where there are footprints of the rishi Gorakhnath. It is the highest peak of the mountain. The steps again go down and there is Kamandal Kund and another peak where there are footprints of Guru Dattatreya. The steps to Dattatreya Peak are quite difficult. There are no steps further and on a foot way, there is a goddess Kalika shrine on another peak. Visitors must climb 8,500 steps to reach the top of the hill, so it is best to start early in the morning.
Cemeteries of the former rulers of Junagadh and their families are situated here.
Shrine of Narsinh Mehta
The temple is dedicated to the well-known Vaishnava poet Sant Narsinh Mehta, whose devotional songs are widely sung in the State of Gujarat.
There is a Shiv Linga established by Rishi Muchkand known as Muchkand Mahadev. The cave also has a temple of Lord Krishna and another Shiv Linga established by Lord Krishna
Akshar Mandir (BAPS)
The temple is spread in a large enclave of garden called Akshar Wadi, situated near Motibaug botanical garden, on the road to Somnath,.
Girdled by a wall that is in some places over 20 metres high, with an ornate entrance Gateway (Toran) leading to the ruins. Only a mosque still stands in a state of preservation.
Named after Swami Vivekananda, it is a beautiful picnic spot with a park blessed with stunning natural beauty. It is a perfect pace to unwind, rejuvenate and relax yourself. Darbar Hall Museum, Sakkarbag Museum and Zoo are the other places of interest in Junagadh.