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Dilwara Jain Temples in Mount Abu Rajasthan

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Location : Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Significance :Jain Temples
Built in :13-18th Century
Built by: Chalukya
Dedicated to: Adinathji, Neminathji, Parshavnathji and Mahaveer Swamiji
Photography : Allow
Entry: Free
Timing : Open from 12 P.M. to 3 P.M
Festivals Celebrate : Mahavir Jayanti
Nearest International Airport : Udaipur
Nearest Railway station : Abu Road

More Information About  Dilwara Jain Temples

Dilwara Temples of Rajasthan are popular for their beautiful artistic work. Located near Mount Abu in Rajasthan, Dilwara Temple is easily accessible from any town or city of Rajasthan. Mount Abu is a beautiful and one & only hill station of Rajasthan. Several train services are available by Indian Railways for Mount-Abu from different cities. Dilwara Temple lies at a distance of 2.5 kms from Mount Abu. From Mount Abu railway station, many bus services and taxis are available for Dilwara Temple.

Dilwara Temple forms a famous pilgrimage of the followers of Jainism. The striking use of marble, in the construction of this temple, is truly worth-admiring. However, the simple architecture of the temple, reminds one of the virtues of Jainism. Set amidst the picturesque hills, Dilwara temples are said to have built during the 11th and 13th century. In the huge temple complex, there are five shrines that are dedicated to Lord Adinath, Lord Rishabhdeo, Lord Neminath, Lord Mahavir Swami and Lord Parshvanath respectively.

Dilwara Temples are considered to be an example of perfect architecture, in terms of Jain Temples. The intricately carved ceilings, entryways, pillars and panels highlight the aesthetic appeal of this temple. For its mastery over architecture, Dilwara Temple is sometimes regarded as one of the most stunning pilgrimage sites of Jains. The temples of Vimal Vasahi and Luna Vasahi get the maximum attention due to their sheer size and grandeur.

Dilwara Temple complex consist of five major sections or temples devoted to five jain trithankaras(saints):

Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple

This temple was constructed in 1582 and is devoted to Lord Mahaveer the 24th Tirthankara of Jain's, this temple is relatively small the temple's upper walls have pictures of the porch painted by craftsmen of sirohi in year 1764.

Shri Adinath Temple or Vimal Vasahi Temple

This temple is build by Vimal Shah, Minister of Solanika ruler of Gujarat in 1031 A.D., this temple is the oldest of all and dedicated to Shri Adinath Ji - The first jain trithankar, the temple has an open courtyard surrounded by corridors all beautifully decorated with marble carved stones. Cells inside this temple are contain tiny images of Jain saints artistically carved on marble stone minutely. The internal dome is aesthetically decorated with design's of flowers and petals, the huge hall of the temple pillars decorated with the carving work of female figures playing musical instruments. The temple also have the "Guda Mandapa" - A simple hall decorated with the images of Shri Adi Nath.

Shri ParshavNath Temple or Khartar Vasahi Temple

This temple was built by Mandika clan between 1458-59 A.D., this temple has the tallest shrine along with four big Mandapa's amongst all dilwara temples. The carving on the pillars of this temple is yet another example of these jain temples architectural superiority.

Shri Rishabdaoji Temple or Peethalhar Temple

This temple is known as Pittalhari/Peethalhar temple because in this temple most of the statues are built using ‘Pittal’ (Brass Metal). This temple was built by Bhima Shah, a minister from Gujarat dynasty, like other temples of Dilwara this temple is also having Gudu Mandapa and Navchowki.

Shri NemiNathJi Temple or Luna Vasahi Temple

This temple was built in 1230 A.D. by two brothers known as Tejpal and Vastupal, they dedicated this temple to the 22nd saint of Jainism - Shri Nemi Nathji. This temple has one hall named Rag Mandapa which has three hundred and sixty (360) tiny idols of Jain trithankar all minutely crafted on marble proving once again why these jain marble temples of Dilwara are superior to Taj Mahal, Among all these white marble idols the idol of Shri Neminath Ji is made up of black marble.The pillars of this temple were built by Maharana Kumbha of Mewar.

Other Temple Attractions

There are two other temples in the complex, dedicated to Parshavantha and Adinatha. The Chaumukha temple, built in 1459, is the tallest and is notable for its pillared mandapa (hall). The Sri Risha Deoji temple is unfinished and has a huge 4.3 ton brass statue of a saint made of panchadhatu (five metals - gold, silver, brass, copper and zinc).

How to Reach Dilwara Jain Temple Mount Abu Rajasthan

By Road : Ahmedabad is 222 km via Palanpur. Jodhpur is 264 km via Pali and Sirhoi, taxis are easily available from these places to Mount Abu. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Council also conducts tours to the interesting spots in Mount Abu.

By Rail : The nearest railway station is Abu Road, 29 km away. Abu Road is connected to both Ahmedabad and Jodhpur.

By Air : The nearest airport to Mount Abu is Udaipur (185 km) from where one can hire a taxi or take a bus.

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