I went to Palitana.
It was Tough Experience!
Yes. 3500+ step up hill. No food. Bare foot. Alone. Heavy bag.
I vomited twice. Took me 4 hours up hill. 1 hour down hill.
It is place where Adinath got nirvana.
But overall at the end of story, very good experience.
Half way up the hill, I wanted to give up. I couldn’t sense anything. I slept for 30 minutes. Later gained sense and after that it was good. I reached the main temple. I had bath. It was white dress code a must. They gave clothes. I felt refreshing. And did some observations, walked down hill. Captured a video of my emotions.
Camera was not allowed once u enter the main gate. Anyway I couldn’t capture anything while going up, reaching there itself seemed like a big task. Downhill I was rejoicing, refreshed, tired yet exicted and captured some pics. Though it wasn’t as good as Dilwara, this place is a total different. Kind of pilgrimage. Very peaceful though, nothing like the Hindu shrines. Yet it didn’t carry that magistic ambience that we see at certain places.
Architectural evidence were not significant as well. Everything seemed to be built in the later era of kings n province in India. The main temple however had similar carvings like in all major temples, deity and story telling. Structurally it is similar to Dilwara. Main temple in the centre and others surrounded in blocks. It is like mixture of both experience – Ananth Padmanabha + Dilwara.
There were many temples around 880 so it is more of like you stay in this place for 2-4 days and rejoice the holiness of the place and enjoy peace. While may be I already got my peace climbing uphill and my vision though physically distorted and my head heavy, it was calm n clear on the inside. Hence I didn’t find it uprising or may be it was because I was alone.
Whatever your roots are, whatever your beliefs are whether religious or scientific, whenever you take such endeavours on a path of pilgrimage you surely discover a part of you, you never knew existed. It may seem as a journey to discover the God, to meet Him, but eventually you discover yourself, your true self.