Blog Past: Train, Trek and Temples

This, taken from a blog post a year ago, is exactly what I am doing this weekend:

Last week, I went on a pilgrimage to the Palitana temple near Bhavnagar in Gujarat.  It is considered as one of the most sacred places among Jains. I had last been there 30+ years ago.

…We went by train – the Bhavnagar Express. It was a 13-hour ride to Songadh, and then a 25-km auto ride to Palitana. The next morning, we climbed the 4000-odd steps of the Shatrunjay Hills to the main temple complex. It is s a very tiring climb. I was ahead of the pack because Abhishek kept wanting to come to me, so it was decided that I just go up quickly. The same was the case for the return trip. It took me about 90 minutes to climb up and 60 minutes to come down. We spent about 4+ hours visiting the various temples at the top. Amazingly, Abhishek climbed up barefoot – as Bhavana kept him engrossed with stories.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.