श्रीराम जय राम जय जय राम, শ্ৰীৰাংজয়ৰাংজয়জয়ৰাং, শ্রীরাম জয় রাম জয় জয় রাম , શ્રીરામ જય રામ જયજય રામ, ಶ್ರೀರಾಮಜಯರಾಮಜಯಜಯರಾಮ, ശ്രിറാം ജയ് റാം ജയ്‌ ജയ് റാം, శ్రీరాంజయరాంజయజయరాం

Jain Dharmasthal

Palitana Cluster of Jain temples

palitanaPalitana the Siddha Kshetra Shri Shatrunjaya Teerth is situated on a hill, which is decorated by 3500 temples. Spires of the temples attract pilgrims from a far distance. Nagarjuna founded Palitana, which derives its name from Guru Padalipta or politta. The chief attraction here is the holy Jain shrine Shatrunjay Hill. On the top of the hill 873 temples were built of white marble, are unique- in their architecture and sculpture. The work beginning in the 11th century and continuing for 900 long’ years. The holiest temple among the cluster, according to the Jain pilgrims, is the temple of Adishwar, the first Jain Tirthankar.Notable among the temples are Adinath, Kumarpal, Sampriti Raj, Bimal Shah.

The Digamber Jain temple on Shatrunjaya Teerth is an ancient temple, has 9 shrines with various Teerthankaras idols installed. On the main shrine of temple, the magnificent idol of principal deity 1008 Bhagwan Shantinath is installed, this is 42 inch in height; in Padmasana posture made of white stone.

Shrikshetra Dharmasthala.

Dharmasthala is the perfect embodiment of the word “Dharma” for it displays every shade of meaning with which the word is imbued. The greatness of Dharmasthala, however is the fact that it has added an active element to “Dharma”, such that it touches the lord Manjunath swami dharmasthallives of people with a transformational directness that is unique.
To those who come for worship, Dharmasthala represents religious tolerance wherein caste, creed and faith of pilgrims are no bars. For here, the Jain Theerthankara is worshipped on the same consecrated grounds as the native Daivas and Lord Manjunatha (Lord Shiva). The priests are Vaishna Brahmins and the guardian of the temple is Poojya Heggade, a Jain by faith. Altogether forming a confluence of faiths that harmonize in belief of the Omnipotent. The presence of Shri Bahubali (39′ height) in Dharmasthala is evidence of the oneness that is the quintessence of Dharmasthala.

Let us all live together, Eat together, and grow together Without any feelings of Animosity. This is the essence of all our religious traditions. And this philosophy in action is the glory of Dharmasthala.

Festivals celebrated at the Kshetra:
1. Ganesha Festival:
2. Navarathri Festival
3. Deepavali:
4. Lakshadeepotsava
5. Shivarathri Festival:
6. Annual Festival:
7.Sarva-Dharma & Sahithya Sammelana:

By Road : Dharmasthala is located approximately 300 kms from Bangalore, and is connected by National Highway. It is about 65 Kms from the port town of Mangalore

Nearest Railway Station : Mangalore.

Nearest Airport : Mangalore & Bangalore
Courtesy: http://shridharmasthala.org/