The vegetarian city of Palitana is located in the western region of India – in Gujarat. Palitana is Gujarat is the world’s first vegetarian city. Nestled in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, this city doesn’t have a single non-vegetarian restaurant. In fact, it’s absolutely illegal to sell meat, eggs or kill any animal for the purpose of consumption.

How It Became A Vegetarian City?

The history behind Palitana going 100 per cent vegetarian dates back to 2014. During that year, 200 Jain monks went on a hunger strike to ban 250 butcher shops and declare the city a meat-free zone. This is because the destination is a revered site for people practising Jainism. It’s home to hundreds of Jain temples as it’s believed that their saviour Adinatha walked on the hills of Palitana. The government then banned meat in Palitana in regard to the demands and sentiments of those practising Jainism. While no meat and eggs are sold or consumed in the city, dairy products like milk, ghee and butter, continue to be sold and consumed.


It is reported that there are around four to five million people in India who follow the Jainism religion and are directly opposed to animal cruelty. Jainism, traditionally known as Jain Dharma, believe that animals and plants, as well as human beings, contain living souls. Therefore, Jain’s follow a strictly vegetarian diet. Nestled in a range of beautiful mountains in Palitana city of Gujarat. Here the center is considered for the followers of Jainism. There are many temples here which are mainly dedicated to Lord Adinath, the first Tirthankara of Jainism. This is the biggest Chaumukha temple, apart from this Kumarpal, Samprati Raj, Vimal Shah temple is also the same. Everyone is surprised to see the architecture of the temples. Built with marble stones, this temple leaves a different impression about its architecture. Jain temples were built here during the 11th to 12th centuries. It is believed that sages and sages attained salvation here, hence Palitana is considered as the most sacred city for Jain followers.

How to get here?

If you want to visit this city, then Palitana is located 50 km southwest of Bhavnagar in Gujarat. One can reach here by air and rail. The nearest airport is Bhavnagar, which is about 62 kilometers from Palitana. Along with this, you can also reach here by train or bus from Vadodara or Ahmedabad.

About The City

Palitana, about 50 km southwest of Bhavnagar, holds the record of being the only mountain with more than 900 temples in the whole world! For Jains, all the Palitana temples, along with the mountain are absolutely important from a religious viewpoint. It is also the most sacred pilgrimage centres or (tirtha) for the Jain community and is considered the world’s largest temple complex.


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