Girnar And Girnari bapu
|Krishna covered Muchkund with his upper cloth. Kalyavan after the
long chase mistook the sleeping figure for Krishna and woke him up and
was reduced to ashes.Girnar was known by different names at different
periods-Ujjayant, Manipur, Chandraketupur, Raivat Nagar, Puratanpur,
Girivar and Girnar. Of the several peaks five are important Amba Mata,
Gorakhnath, Augadh, Guru Datatreya and Kalika.
The pilgrims have to climb 9999 steps to reach the top. There are five important Jain temples, besides several Hindu shrines.
The most prominent Jain shrine is the rectangular Neminath temple which was completed between 1128 CE and 1159 CE. Neminath (the 22th Tirthankar) is carved in black marble with jewelled eyes. The courtyard is filled with sculptures. Further up is the Amba temple. Newlyweds who seek Mataji's blessings for a happy married life frequent it.
The Mallinath temple dedicated to the 19th Tirthankar was built in 1231 CE by Vastupal and Tejpal. Neminath is shown in blue color. The Rishabhadev temple in golden colour has 24 Tirthankars. The Parshwanath temple was built in the 15th century. It is known as Meravasi. The Dattatreya hill is half way down the temple cluster.
It is best to start the climb in the morning. Bhavnath Shiv temple is the first shrine on the upward path. Bhartruhari cave, Sorath Mahal, Bhim Kund and Suryakund are the other important places. Gomukkhi Kund has pellucid water fed by a mountain stream. Hanuman Dharaand Kamandal are the other attraction.