Jaya Girinaar… Jaya Girinaar…… Jaya Girinaar…. are the powerful words which
are heard by anyone who tries to climb the Girinaar Shikhar even in the present
days. Girinaar is a powerful Datta Shakti Kshetra. Some Saadhak call it it another
"Maan Sarovar” and every devotee should climb the Shikhar at least once in his
life time. Girinaar Hill is a famous Siddh Kshetra of Lord Dattaatreya. Lord Dattaatreya
performed penance at the top of this hill and one have to climb 10,000 (ten thousand)
steps to have Datta's Paadukaa Darshan. Girinaar place is completely surrounded by
forest area. Lions, tigers and other animals move there on the roads even in the day
Where is this Girinaar?
Girinaar is in the state of Gujaraah and is nearer to Joonaagad (district head
quarter). Joonaagad is nearer to Raajkot. One of the Dwaadash Jyotirling Som
Naath Kshetra is very nearer to this Joonaagad.
Importance of Girinaar Kshetra:
Lord Dattaatreya performed penance at this Girinaar hills and many Saadhk and
devotees get his powerful blessings in this Kshetra. One can see the footprints
of Lord Dattaatreya at the top of the hill and Saadhu performing the Poojaa at
this place. At a down of 150 steps from the top of the Datta Parvat, there we
can see Kamandal Kund. "Datta Dhun" and Nitya Anna Daan still runs at this
The Details of Girinaar Kshetra:
One has to climb a total of 10,000 steps to reach the Datta Parvat. People start
in the morning at about 5.00 am and a minimum of 5 to 7 hours will take to reach
the top of the hill depending upon the activeness of the person. DOLLY facilities
are arranged by the Gujaraat government and they are charging from 2500 rupees to
5000 rupees depending upon the person’s weight.
After a climb of about 2 miles, one could see a Digambar Jain temple and a cave
called Rajulmatee cave.. Besides, there are footprints of Kundkund Aachaarya
also. In the temple, the idol of Bhagvaan Neminaath (Vikram 1924) is on the main
Vedee. One could see a marvelous temple of Bhagvaan Nemi Naath and 9 beautiful
Shwetaambar temples built by Shri Vastupaal -Tejpaal; Samraat Kumaarpaal; Minister
Sajjan and others.
After reaching 3000 steps, one sees the Ambaa Parvat and has the Darshan of
Ambaa Jee. Many devotees get tired after reaching here drop the idea to go to
Datta Parvat at this point due to their inability to climb and due to the steep
height of the steps.
After reaching 7000 steps, one has the Darshan of Gorakhnaath who is one of the
Nava Naath who comes under Naath tradition of Datta Maarg. He performed penance
here and one can see the foot prints of Gorakhnaath Jee here.
After reaching 10000 steps, one has the Darshan of Lord Dattaatreya's Paadukaa.
One marble idol of Lord Dattaatreya was placed at the back of the Datta Paadukaa.
It is somewhat difficult to have this Paadukaa Darshan by climbing all these
steps. But whoever chant Datta Mantra “Digambar Digambar Shree Pada Vallabh Digambar”
or "Hari Om Tat Sat Jaya Guru Datta" or at least "Datta.. Datta…
Datta.." during the entire period of climbing, then it is easy to reach the
top of the hill. There are many experiences to many devotees at this Girinaar Hill
that Lord Dattaatreya is giving his Darshan to the devotees who are having full
faith in him. It is true that Datta is giving his Darshan in any one form.
Dattaatreya Hare Krishn || Unmatt Aanand Daayakaa||
Digambar Mune Baal || Pishaach Gyaan Saagar||
How to Reach Girinaar:
Regular service autos/city buses are available from Joonaagadh to Girinaar,
with a journey of only 20 to 30 minutes.
From Chennai/Vijayawaadaa to Ahmadaabaad, there is a train Navjeevan Express and
one can get down at Ahmadaabaad to go to Raajkot. There are link trains from
Ahmadaabaad to Raajkot/Joonaagad. Private travel buses are also available in
addition to Gujaraat State Transport Corporation (GSTC) buses.
From Hyderabad, there is a direct tri-weekly super fast express namely “Raajkot
Express" to Raajkot. The train starts from Hyderabad at afternoon 2.00 pm
(approx) and will reaches Raajkot in the next day night at around 9.00 pm. From
there one can take the bus to reach Girinaar as mentioned above.
In addition to above information one can take the journey through flights from
Chennai/Hyderabad/ Bangalore/ Mumbai etc., to reach Raajkot/Ahmadaabaad.
Accommodation Facilities at Girinaar:
Choultries and Dharmashaalaa are available with reasonable prices at the foot
step of Girinaar Hills. No proper food is available at Girinaar Hills. One has
to make their own arrangements for food. However normal breakfast/ tiffin and
fruits are available at higher cost. Famous hotels/ restaurants/ lodges are
available at Joonaa Garh.