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Dattatreya Temple at Girnar Hill- Junagadh

About Girnar Hill:
In the east of Junagadh town, at a distance of 6 km situated Mount Girnar which is considered holy by Hindus and Jains.

Several names were given to different hills and to various peaks. It was called Girinarayan in prehistoric time and now Known as Mount Girnar.

Girnar has five principal peaks Ambaji, Gorakhnath, Guru Dattatraya, Oghad Ansuya and Kalka. Out of these five Gorakhnath is the highest and is 3666 ft. above sea level and the lowest peak is 648 ft. above sea level. The area of Girnar hills is 70 miles. . To climb the hill, a step way is built up of wide and convenient steps and on the either side of the way there are waiting spots, water places and devasthans (prayer place). The Jain temples are very old and ancient, the foundations and the plans are unchanged.

The famous temple of Goddess Ambaji. It is believed that this temple temple was built during the Gupta era.

This is the highest peak of Girnar Hill on which is the Dhuna of Gorkhnathji, the famous and renowned saint of Nath seet.

Oghad Ansuya:
The Oghad and Ansuya peaks are difficult to approach yet worth visiting.

The step way switch from between Gorakhnath and Dattatray and winds its way descending to a lovely and beautiful place called Kamandalkund.
Coming up again and resuming the step way southward the vertical peak of Dattatraya is reached. On the top of the peak there is a small temple on the Padukas of Guru Dattatrays.

About Dattatreya:
Dattatreya or Datta is a Hindu Deity encompassing the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, collectively known as Trimurti. The name Dattatreya can be divided into two words - "Datta" (meaning given) and "Atreya" referring to the sage Atri, his physical father).

Various Hindu sects worship him differently. In the Nath tradition, Dattatreya is recognized as an Avatar or incarnation of Shiva and as the Adi-Guru (First Teacher) of the Adinath Sampradaya of the Nathas. Although Dattatreya was at first a "Lord of Yoga" exhibiting distinctly Tantric traits, he was adapted and assimilated into the more devotional (Sanskrit: bhakti) Vaishnavite cults; while still worshiped by millions of Hindus, he is approached more as a benevolent god than as a teacher of the highest essence of Indian thought. Dattatreya is credited as the author of the Tripura Rahasya given to Parasurama, a treatise on Advaita Vedanta.

The most difficult to approach is the peak of Kalika which is not joined by the step way but is not far away from Dattatrya though sufficiently detached.

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