Shri Shikharji Temple, as we know it, the most important Jain tirtha (pilgrimage site) for Jains, and believed to be the place where the twenty-four Jain Tirthankaras along with many other monks achieved salvation. It is situated on the Parasnath hill in Giridih district, which is the highest mountain in the state of Jharkhand.
Shri Shikharji is the most sacred of all Jain pilgrimages. Twenty-four Tirthankaras and countless other Siddhas of the present Avarapini attain salvation here. It situated on a group of eight hills called Parasnath Hills in Giridih of Jharkhand.
It would be absolutely impossible for the human intellect to assess the purity and power of the shrine where twenty Tirthankaras lit the imperishable flame of nirvana. Although the first light of nirvana illuminated in the Ashtapada (in the Himalayas), Today that shrine is invisible to us. In such a situation, Sammet Shikhar is the pilgrimage that we can accept as the “shikhar” (peak) of the first light of Nirvana.
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The truth is that Sammet Shikhar is the highest light of nirvana. Twenty-four of the twenty-four Tirthankaras of Jainism are Ajitnath, Sambhavnath, Abhinandan Prabhu, Sumatinath, Padmaprabhu, Suparsvanatha, Chandraprabhu, Suvidhanath, Sheetalnath, Shreyasnath, Vimalnath, Anantnath, Dharmanath, Shantinath, Kunthunath, Arnath, Mallinath, Munisuvrat Swami, Neminatha and Parshvanatha spent the evenings of their lives on this great mountain and attained the highest state of salvation. Each Tirthankara attempted to bring to life the density of its power in the place, and consequently the millennia. For, this place is alive, awakened, and anointed with his aura. In fact, Sammet Shikhar is a stunning, unique, and awakened holy shrine. Even today, there is a kind of purity in the atmosphere of Sammet Shikhar.
Shri Shikharji Temple’s Tonk spread horizontally for about 2 miles from the eastern end to the western end. The total walk to the top of the hill is about 4.5 miles to cover all the 30-tonks and the Jal Mandir.