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    History – In ancient times, this sacred place was considered as a peak of Mt. Shetrunjaya. Today, it is considered as one of the group of the five sacred places of Mt. Siddhachal. This hill is nearly 320 Ft. high. The climb is easy and only half kilometer long. There are many  small as well as big caves temples. There is a reference that this temple was built by King Kumarpal in the twelfth century. The idol belongs to the period of King Samprati. Its last renovation was accomplished on the thirteenth day of the bright half of the month of Vaishakh in the year 1872 of the Vikram era. It is stated that Akhand Jyoti here emits saffron powder. Apart from this temple, we can find the temples of Chintamani Parshwanatha Bhagawan, Mahavir Swami Bhagawan and the Gurumandir with the idols of Gautam Swami and Sudharma Swami, Jambu Swami, Hemchandrasurisvarji, Vruddhichandasurishvarji and King Kumarpal. There are two temples in the village-one of Bhagawan Shantinatha and other Bhagawan Mallinatha tirthankaras The splendid temple and the natural caves on this hill present fascinating sight. In the caves there are great tanks for storing water, oil, and ghee.

    How to Reach – The temple is situated on the hill of the Talaja Village on the Confluence of the rivers Shetrunjay and Sarita. The railway station of Talaja is at a distance of two kilometers from the temple. Palitana is at a distance of 38 kilometers from here. Means of transport are available here. At the foot of the hill, there are Dharmashala and bhojanashalas.

    Main Deity – 32 inches high, black colored idol of Bhagawan Sumatinatha in the Padmasana posture shines brightly.

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