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    Shatrunjaya Temples

    by Canadienne Written Apr 8, 2003

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    Temple at Shatrunjaya Base

    Favorite thing: What awaits you at the crest of Shatrunjaya is nothing short of amazing. I could hardly tell where one temple stopped and another started ~ with the hundres of domes and spires, it's one of those places that you wish you could capture on film to share, but you can barely take it all in with your own eyes.

    That said, even the surrounding area at the base of the hill holds some visual treats ~ new temples were being constructed while I was there. . .obviously room was running out at the top of the hill. :-)

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    Shatrunjaya Hill

    by Canadienne Written Apr 8, 2003

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    Favorite thing: It takes approximately two hours to climb the steps to the Jain temples atop Shatrunjaya Hill ~ you could take the easy way out and hitch a paid ride, but it is a pilgrimage after all. . .

    Fondest memory: I met a wonderful young girl, Sunita, who chatted with me through the distance. She shared her knowledge of Jainism with me, as well as her experiences of pilgrimages to this and other Jain sites. I couldn't have had better company.

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    Shatrunjaya Hill Part 2

    by Canadienne Updated Apr 8, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Western India is renowned for its Jain temples. The Jains are said to account for some 40% of India's wealth ~ they continued to fund and construct temples even after Moghul invasion.

    Most of the temples on Shatrunjaya date from the 16th century (most of the earlier ones were detroyed during invasions), although the oldest is thought to be from the 11th. Each grouping of temples is called a "tuk" and is named after the benefactor.

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    Shatrunjaya Hill Part 3

    by Canadienne Updated Apr 8, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Non-violence rules over every aspect of daily life for Jains ~ ascetics place each step so as not to harm any lifeforms on the ground. They choose their words to avoid violence or the implication of it. Food and drink is carefully inspected to ensure no lifeforms are swallowed. Some are even seen wearing masks to prevent breathing in any tiny organisms.

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    Shatrunjaya Hill Part 4

    by Canadienne Written Apr 8, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Shatrunjaya is one of the five holy mountains of Shvetambara Jainism. Shvetambara is the name of the sect that clothe themselves in white and believe that women may also be delivered from the cycle of rebirth. The other sect, Digambara, believes only men can reach nirvana and shuns all clothing (they are also referred to as “sky-clad”).

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