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The town is located on the banks of the Hiran River, a tributary of the Bhogavo river. It is surrounded by hills and forests. The climate here is hot in summer and cold in winter with an average rainfall of 910 mm per year. Pālītāṇā was founded by Jain monk Shri Parshwanath (also known as "Adinatha") at some time between 5th century BCE to 3rd century CE, after he attained Kevala Jnana under a "peepal" tree near this place according to Svetambara tradition or after attaining Moksha from Mount Kailash according to Digambara tradition . He established his first temple at Palitana around 510 BC which became famous as Adinath Temple (or Adishwar Nath Mandir).