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Pilgrimage to Shatrunjaya

  At the pilgrimage site of Shatrunjaya, near Palitana, more than 900 temples crown the summit of a pair of hills. Each temple enclosure is named after the merchant who funded it. A young Jain man at Shatrunjaya explains:  “Many of the Jains were wealthy traders and merchants, and they would use their wealth for […]

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From Lajpur to Leicester

Abdulhai Garda on the bank of the Mindhola River just outside the village of Lajpur near Surat. It was in the 19th century that people started going from the Surat district to England. In the British times this village, Lajpur, was the capital of the state of Sachin, ruled over by a Nawab who worked […]

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