Situated 56 kms from Mehsana, nestled in the hills of
Taranga, is the temple dedicated to Ajitnath, the 22nd Tirthankara of
Jains. One of the most beautiful locations, the temples are a "must
visit" on a Gujarat traveller's circuit. Though the hills are not
high, only 365 metres (1200 ft), they offer a marked change from the
surrounding region, due to their climate and panoramic views.
The 12th century Ajitnath Temple, believed to be built by King Kumarpal, humbles the visitor by its grandeur. It consists of a Garbhagriha, ambulatory and three balconied windows filled with fine grills.
The highlight of the temple are its massive pillars, softened by the beautiful carvings over them. In the centre is the octagonal nave topped by a beautifully decorated carved ceiling, 11mts in diametre. The porches on the sides are large and spacious with equally impressive columns. The temple, which has retained its original form and design has a storeyed arrangement both inside and outside.
The upper storey is concealed from the view and is accessible only by a very uncomfortable ladder. It is therefore considered a secret storey. Wooden bars are used to support widely separated walls.