The highest point in Gujarat, Mt. Girnar has for centuries been one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the state, with several Hindu and Jain temples spread over the 5 summits.
The steps up the hill begin at Damodar Kund and as you ascends the stone path that connects the temples along the 5 summits, you will pass temples of many different sects of Hinduism. The Bhavnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, where Shivaratri is celebrated with enthusiasm. After 4000 steps up, you reach a plateau with a Jain temple complex. Among these temples, which date from the 12th to 16th centuries, is the site where Neminath, the 22nd tirthankar of Jainism, died after 700 years of ascetic meditation. 2000 steps further on, the temple of Amba Mata (the Mother Goddess) is visited by Hindus and Jains.
Then the stone trail continues to reach the other summits, the last of which houses a temple to Kalika, where the Aghora ascetics smear themselves with funeral ashes.
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