Dilwara Jain Temple, Mount Abu
Rajasthans only hill station and a major pilgrim centre, Mount Abu is located in
the south-western corner of Rajasthan.
All roads in Mount Abu lead you to the Dilwara Jain Temples made out of intricately
carved marble, dedicated to Jain Tirthankars.
Dilwara Temples are one of the finest Jain temples & many even consider them architecturally
superior to the Taj Mahal. The two temples Vimala Vasahi & Luna Vasahi are singled
out by experts as superb examples of architecture.
These beautifully carved temples built between 11th and 13th century A.D. are sheer
elegance in marble, dedicated to the jain Tirthankaras. The Vimal Vasahi temple
is the oldest of these dedicated to the first Tirthankara. Built in 1031 A.D. (by
Vimal Shah-a merchant and representative of then Gujarat ruler), it is a superb
example of temple architecture.
The central shrine has an image of Rishabhdev and large courtyard with 52 small
shrines, each housing a beautiful statue of thirthankaras with 48 elegantly carved
pillars form the entrance to the courtyard.
The Lun Vasahi Temple, dedicated to the 22nd Tirthankaras-Neminath, was built in
1231 A.D. by two brothers-Vastupal and Tejpal, Ministers of Raja Vir Dhawal, a ruler
of Gujarat-belonging to the Porwal Jain community. With door casings, pillars, architraves
and sculptures on porticos,the temple is a fine specimen of craftsmanship.
Dilwara Temple complex consist of five major sections or temples devoted to five
- 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
- 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.
The Dilwara Jain Temples are open from 12 P.M. to 3 P.M. for tourist's for free
and No photography is allowed inside the temple complex.