Every religion has its focal points on the surface of the earth. In the case of Jainism, the holiest places lie not on the surface, but reaching up into the skies. Along with Mts. Abu, Girnar and Chandragiri, Shatrunjaya is one of the most sacred places for the faith. Climbing the stairs of Shatrunjaya is, for a pilgrim, the ascent to greater knowledge along the path to liberation. For a visitor, it can be a day’s journey into the heart of the Jain spirituality, a passage through a new cosmology of total non-violence and devotion.