Girnar

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Girnar

(gĭrnär`), sacred mountain, 3,666 ft (1,117 m) high, Gujarat state, W India, on the Kathiawar Peninsula; a pilgrimage place for adherents of JainismJainism
[i.e., the religion of Jina], religious system of India practiced by about 5,000,000 persons. Jainism, Ajivika, and Buddhism arose in the 6th cent. B.C. as protests against the overdeveloped ritualism of Hinduism, particularly its sacrificial cults, and the authority of
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. It has five peaks, the sides of which are dotted with ancient reservoirs and temple ruins bearing inscriptions that date from 250 B.C. The Neminath (restored, A.D. 1278) is the largest and possibly the oldest of the Jain temples on the mountain.
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