The vast land of Uttar Pradesh is also richly blessed by the Jain pilgrimages. Not to mention this state in North India has also been the birthplace of six Jain Tirthankaras, namely Rishabhanatha, Ajitanatha, Abhinandananatha, Sumatinatha, Anantanatha, and Parshvanatha. While the first five graced the land of Ayodhya with their birth, Varanasi was blessed by being the birthplace of Parshvanatha, the 23rd Jain Tirthankara. Needless to say, Uttar Pradesh has an ancient connection with Jainism. The influence of Jainism can be seen largely in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh where Deogarh is an important Jain pilgrimage destination with the Fort Temples dominating its silhouette.
Dating back to the 8th-17th century, the fort complex consists of 31 Jain temples housing around 2,000 sculptures which is in in fact the largest such collection in the world. The most famous of the Jain temples in the fort is the Shantinath temple, which is believed to have been built before 862 AD. It is also considered the most important Jain religious site in Uttar Pradesh. Apart from Deogarh, Jain pilgrimage places in the state can be found in Meerut, Varanasi, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Bateshwar, Kampil, Sarnath, and Khukhundoo. Hastinapur, on the other hand boasts a number of Jain religious centres making one of the top site for a pilgrimage tour in Uttar Pradesh for Jain pilgrims.