About the location: Located 128km north of Ahmedabad, and only 20km from Vadnagar, the 3-peaked hill is significant for Buddhists and Jains. While the oldest Jain temple was built in the 12th century, Buddhist monuments date back to 4th century on this hill. Reaching the hilltop involves a trek. On reaching you can see small shrines dedicated to Buddhist Goddess, Devi Taranamata. Weathered terracotta images of Buddha and four carved images of Dhyani Buddha on a stone plate can be seen in cave formations. The Taranga Jain Temple is further up from here. This 12th century derasar is one of the best-preserved temples in Gujarat. There is a five-metre tall sculpture of the 2nd Jain Tirthankara, Shri Ajitnath, who represents inner stillness. The Svetambara complex consists of 14 temples, but there are 5 other Digambara shrines as well.
Brief History: The earliest archaeological activity in 1938 reported that this was historically a Buddhist site from the 4th-5th century. According to Jain researchers, this place was known as Tarvur, Taravar Nagar, Tarangiri or Tarangarh. The holy book, ‘Kumarpal Pratibodh’ by Acharya Shri Somprabhsurishwar records the establishment of the temple of Shashanadhishthatri Shri Siddhadayika Devi by the then ruler King Vatsrai during 6th century. Another legend states that the local Buddhist King Veni Vatsaraja and Jain monk Khaputacharya built a temple for goddess Tara together.
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By Road Approx. 130 Kms from Ahmedabad, 50 Kms from Ambaji shrine and 56 Kms from Mehsana. Bus service and private vehicle rental are available from Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Patan, Siddhpur and Ambaji. Your bus will drop you off at Timba near Danta.
By Train The nearest major railway stations are Visnagar (38 kms), Mehsana (52 kms), Unjha (54 kms) & Vijapur (60 kms) approx. A slow local train also travels from Mehsana to Taranga (2 hrs.) The temple is 5 km from the railway station.
By Air The temples are about 100km from Gandhinagar and 130km from Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport and railway station connects other key cities of India and across the world.