The temples present a true blend of art, religion and devotion. The sculptural art of these temples have stood the test of time and cruelty of numerous invaders.
Jain Temples: Ginar has a number of Jain temples which attract devotees of both Shwetambar and Digambar sects of Jainism. The Neminath is the main attraction of Girnar, built within 1128 AD to 1159 AD. According to Jain religious beliefs, Neminath, the 22nd Tirthankar became an ascetic after he witnessed the slaughter of animals for food in his wedding. He renounced all earthly pleasures and came to Mount Girnar to achieve salvation. Here, Lord Neminath reached the highest state of enlightenment, keval Gyan and Moksha, after severe penury. His bride-to-be also followed his path and went on to find the 'Sandhvi Sangh', the organization of women ascetics.
Temple of Lord Neminath: Temple of Lord Neminath is an important temple which houses the idol built in black granite and be jewelled eyes. There are quadrangle courtyards, corridors and also other shrines. The pillars are engraved with carvings of Jain Tirthankaras. The ceilings bear sculptures of dancing goddesses.
Mallinath Temple: Mallinath Temple is dedicated to the 19th Tirthankar this temple was constructed by Vastupal and Tejpal in 1231 AD. The idol is blue in colour. Located on a plateau this temple was erected during 1128 to 1500.
Rishabhdev Temple: This is another important temple, located nearby is golden in colour. It is dedicated to 24 Jain Tirthankaras.Located at the top of 4000 steps it is one of the most attracti8ve temples of Girnar mountain range.
Besides these, there is a Goddess Ambe Temple, which is chiefly visited by newly wedded couples for prosperous future and happiness. The Dattatreya hill, halfway down the temple cluster, also houses a number of other temples worth watching.
Thus the temples of girnar are some of the most attractive temples which are known for its architectural marvels.
(Last Updated on : 16-05-2014)
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