Parasnath Hill is a mountain peak in the Parasnath Range. Which is approx 1365 metres height and it is the highest mountain peak in Jharkhand. Parasnath is located in Giridih district of Jharkhand. Parasnath is one of the most important pilgrimage centre for Jains. They call it Sammed Sikhar. The hill is named after Lord Parshvanatha, the 23rd Tirthankara.
Highest Mountain Peak In Jharkhand
At 1365 metres Parasnath is the highest mountain peak in Jharkhand, and is theoretically intervisible (by direct line of sight on a perfectly clear day) with Mount Everest over 450 km to the north.
This is one of the most holy and revered sites for the Jain community. They call it Sammed Sikhar. It is a major pilgrimage site. Out of 24 Tirthankaras of Jains, 20 got nirvana on Parshvnatha Hills.
On the mountain, there are the Shikharji Jain temples, an important tirthakshetra or Jain pilgrimage site. For each Tirthankara there is a shrine (gumti or Tonk) on the hill.
Some of the temples on the hill are believed to be more than 2,000 years old. However, although the place was inhabited since ancient times, the temples may be of more recent origin.
It is of cultural importance for the Santhals too. They call it Marang Buru, the hill of the deity. They celebrate a hunting festival on the full moon day in Vaisakh.