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Jain TempleThe Dilwara Jain temples rank among the most sacred
centres of pilgrimage for the Jain community. The temples are located in Mount
Abu, the only hill station of Rajasthan. Mount Abu is located at an altitude of
1220 metres above sea level. Lord Mahavira had also visited Mount Abu a few times
during his lifetime and blessed the place. The temples are known the world over
for their stunning use of marble and some great carvings on the marble walls.
There are a total of five temples and each one of them is credited for its architectural
perfection. The lush green surroundings of the temple are full of mango trees.
The Dilwara temples were built between the 11th
and 13th centuries. The temples have been built by different people. The temples
are dedicated to different Jain tirthankaras.
There are 5 temples in all, each one named after the small village
in which they are located. Moreover, each temple is dedicated to a different Jain
Vimal Vasahi Temple
This temple is
dedicated to Jain Tirthankara Shri Adi Nath. It was built in the year 1021 AD
by Vimal Shah, who served as a minister under Raja Bhimdeo. This temple has been
carved entirely out of marble. Standing in an open courtyard, the corridors of
the temple have numerous cells that contain small idols of the Tirthankaras. The
ceiling, corridors, pillars, arches, and mandaps of the temple have rich carvings.
The best carvings could be seen on the ceiling featuring lotus-buds, petals, flowers
and scenes from Jain and Hindu mythology. There are also some fine sculptures
of elephants in the Hastishala (Elephant Cell).
Dedicated to the 22nd Jain Tirthankara Shri Nemi Nath, Luna Vasahi
is another richly carved temple. This temple was built in the year 1230 AD by
two brothers - Vastupal and Tejpal. The temple was built in memory of their brother
Luna. The chief attraction of this temple is its main hall- Rang mandap. The elaborate
carvings here include 72 figures of Tirthankaras in sitting posture and 360 small
figures of Jain monks. The Hastishala features a group of 10 neatly polished marble
elephants. The nine ceilings of the temple also look very beautiful.
Pittalhar temple was built by Bhima Shah,
who was a minister under Sultan Begada. The most striking feature of this temple
is a massive metal statue of Tirthankara Rishab Dev. Though brass is the main
metal used in this statue, four other metals have also been used. Brass is called
pital and hence the name Pittalhar temple. The temple consists of a Garbhagriha,
Gudh mandap and Navchowki.
Dedicated to Jain Tirthankara Shri Parshavanath, this temple was built by the
Mandlik family in 1458-59 A.D. This is the tallest of all temples having three
storeyes. The outer walls of the sanctum sanctorum has beautiful sculptures in
gray sandstone showing Dikpals, Vidhyadevis, Yakshinis and Shalabhanjikas. These
beautiful sculptures are frequently compared to the ones in Khajuraho and Konark
Mahaveer Swami Temple
is the smallest of Dilwara temples. Constructed in the year 1582 AD, the temple
is dedicated to 24th Jain Tirthankara Lord Mahaveer. The temple is best known
for the paintings done on its upper walls by the artists of Sirohi.
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