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Pilgrimage to Shatrunjaya

Shatrunjaya - A place of victory against inner enemies.

The Palitana temples on top of the Shatrunjaya hill are one of the holiest places for the Jains. They believe that a visit  once in a life time is essential  to achieve nirvana or salvation.

Jainism is an ancient Indian religion. There are three main principles for the people belonging to Jainism:  ahimsa (non-violence), anekantavada (non-absolutism) and aparigraha (non-possessiveness). Jains are very strict vegetarians and every act of eating meat or products from animals supports the killing of them and is seen as an act of violence (himsa), which creates a harmful karma. Even when they walk they take care, not kill insects, ants or bugs etc. Furthermore Jainism is one of the smallest main world religions and have 6-7 million followers, most of them live in India.

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Jains would never harm anything inhabited by a soul. That is why they feed all kind of animals.

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The Palitana temples on top of the hills.

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This guys wait for Pilgrims to carry them up or down the hill.

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A statue of one of the Jain gods.

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