Taranga

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Digambara Jains settled on this isolated hill with it’s three rocky peaks. taranaga is a siddh kshetra. It is said that 3.5 crore muni including Vardutt and sagardutt attained nirvana from this place. The two hillocks named  kotishila and sidhhshila are having   idols of bhagawan Neminatha and Bhagwan Mallinatha of Vikram 1292. There are 14 Digamabar jain Temple in the foothill. Digamabar jain dharamshala is found at the foothills.

At some time in the twelfth century, Kumarpal, the Solanki  king residing at Patan, who was himself a Swetambara Jaina, selected this site for the erection of an exceptionally beautiful temple in honor of Ajitnath. Under the Guidance of Kalikalasarvajna Acharyashri Hemchandracharya, this temple was built in the year 1200 of the Vikram era. Of the 108 names of Siddhachal, one name is ‘Tarangir’. For this reason, Taranga is regarded as a peak of Siddhachal. The 27500 cms. high wooden summit of this temple is beautifully carved. It has seven domes. On the right hand side of the temple, there are foot-idols of Bhagawan Ajitanatha and of the 20 wondering Bhagawan and on the left hand side, there is a temple of Gaumukhji, the Samavasaran (the open lecture-hall), and the Jambudvip painting. On the outer platform of the main temple, there are idols of Padmavatidevi and Kumarpal Maharaja.

Some years earlier he had a temple built to Adinath on Mount Shetrunjay near Palitana. Built of light sandstone, the Taranga temple measures 45 meters in length by 30.4 meters in width and reaches up to a majestic height of 30.6 meters. In its plan and design it resembles the Neminatha temple on Mount Girinar and the above mentioned Adinath temple on Shetrunjaya. During the last major renovation works the roofs and the stone carvings on the outer walls were cleared of thick layers of white paint, a praiseworthy undertaking.

On the highest elevation of the three-peaked hill there stands a so-called Tonk, a small building in the style of a Muslim grave. Built by Digambara, it houses a marble statue of the nineteenth Tirthankara who the Swetambara believe to have been a woman. To accompany the pujari on his daily morning round up to this picturesque spot is, a vigorous hike that opens beautiful bird’s-eye views of the temples below.

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