The Dilwara Jain Temple of Rajasthan is one of the most renowned Jain temples in the world. It is well known for its architecture and wonderful marble stone carvings. Even though this temple appears very simple from the outside, the interior is fantastically designed, and many architects consider this to be better than Taj Mahal. The construction of this temple began during the 11th century and continued till the 13th century. As it is situated very close to Mount Abu Hill Station, the surrounding place is filled with lush green hills. It is said that these huge blocks of pillars and marble stones were carried using elephants during that period.
The Dilwara Temple is also a spiritual hub for Jain pilgrims but attracts others equally. The complex consists of five temples dedicated to various Jain Thirthankaras. Let us look into them in detail.
Vimal Vasahi Temple also known as Shri Adi Nath Temple:
This temple was built in 1031 AD by Vimal Shah, and it is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankar Shri Adi Nath Ji. The courtyard of this beautiful temple is decorated with marble carved stones. Also, many images of various Jain saints are carved in the inner walls of the temple. The beautiful dome consists of flower and petals design and it is considered one of the most beautiful temples of this region. There is a hall which consists of images of Shri Adi Nath Ji known as Gudu Mandapa in this complex.
Shri Parshavnath Temple:
This temple is dedicated to the 23rd Jain Tirthankara Parshvanath. It was built during 1458 AD by the Mandika rulers. It is the tallest shrine in the complex which is well known for its beautiful architecture and carvings on pillars. There are four big mandaps on the ground floor and the entire temple consists of three storeys.
Shri Rishabdevji Temple also known as Pithalhar Temple:
This temple is well known for its metal statues, and it is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankar Rishabhdev ji. The statues in this temple are made of brass, thus it got the name, Pitalhar Temple. It has a Gudu Mandapa similar to other temples and also a Navchowki.
Shri Neminath Ji Temple or Luna Vasahi Temple:
This temple was built during 1230 AD and dedicated to the 22nd Jain Tirthankar Shri Nemi Nath Ji. It is well known for its 360 tiny idols of Jain tirthankars carved on marble stones made of white colour. The Nemi Nath Ji idol is carved in black marble stone to make it look apart.
Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple:
This temple was constructed in 1582 and dedicated to Lord Mahaveer. It is relatively small temple when compared to other structures in the complex.
You can visit the Dilwara Jain Temples anytime between 12 in the afternoon to about 5 in the evening. There is no entry fee for tourists and photography is strictly prohibited inside the temple complex. It is open even during public holidays and situated about 2.5 kms from Mount Abu. You must not miss to visit this place when you go to Mount Abu.