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How Shikharji was taken away from Jains

The Nirvan Bhumi (salvation land) of 20 Jain Tirthankars, Sammed Shikharji (“Shikharji”) is one of the most important pilgrimages of Jains since the ancient era. This paramount pilgrimage was known by various names like Sammeyal Giri, Samet Shail, Sametachal, Samet Giri, Samet Shikhar, Samadhi Giri etc. At present, it is known as Sammed Shikharji or Parshwanath Hill. The holy hill is one of the highest peaks of India and is situated in the Giridih district of Jharkhand, India. However, years of disregard, various internal disputes and forceful acquisition by the State Government has marred the tirth into a lot of controversies. 

As the #SaveShikharji movement gains momentum, lakhs of petitions have been signed by all Jains to prevent the Jharkhand Government to turn the pious Shikharji hill into a tourism destination. However, the question arises how many Jains actually know about the turn of events which led to this condition? Even the Save Shikharji website has very few details on…

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