Dilwara Temples - The Magnificence of Jainism

Dilwara Temples situated only 2.6 kms away from the hill station of Mount Abu, Rajasthan is one of the eminent temples of Jainism in India. Dilwara Temple is a group of 5 temples dedicated to the five tirthankars/saints of Jainism namely, Lord Mahavir Temple, Shree Adinath Temple, Shree Parshav Nath Temple, Shree Rishab Deoji Temple and Shree Nemi Nath Temple.

All these temples were constructed from 11th century to 13th century by marble stones. This temple was originally called by the locals as Deul (Temple) Wada (Complex) which has now become Dilwara Temples. They faced destruction during the period of Allauddin Khilji and the decay process is continuing till date. The last restoration was done in the year 1965. The outcome of the decay and restoration is clearly visible in the temples.

Surrounded by blossoming green Aravali Mountains this temple is visited by innumerable Jain devotes as well as by tourists around the globe. The chief attraction for the tourists is the out-of-the-world craftsmanship of the artisans on the walls, courtyards, ceilings and pillars of the temples. This old-age temple is a must visit place for the art and history lovers.

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Dilwara Temple

Architecture of Dilwara Temples

The archaic group of Jain temples called Dilwara Temples is divided into five temples of similar size and each section is dedicated to a Jain Thirthankar. These five temples are namely, Vimal Vasahi Temple dedicated to Shree Adinath Ji, Luna Vasahi Temple dedicated to Shree Nemi Nath Ji, Peetalhar Temple dedicated to Shree Rishab Deoji, Khartar Vasahi Temple dedicated to Shree Parshav Nath Ji and Mahavir temple dedicated to Lord Mahavir.

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Intricate Sculptures

This temple looks like a usual temple from outside but after entering the temple you will get amazed by the jaw-dropping delicate detailing done on its structure and the splendid use of the marble stones on its construction. The temple architecture is inspired by Jain and Hindu styles. The chief attraction is the ‘Rang Mandapa’ which has a dome shaped ceiling and in the center of the ceiling a chandelier-like design is made and bordering it 16 figures of the ‘Goddess of knowledge’ are made by carving on the stones.

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Art Work on the Ceiling

You will also get to see other motifs like lotus, abstract designs and figures of other Gods as well in different sections of this temple. The authorities of Dilwara Temple have constructed a dining hall arrangement in the temple complex for the Jain devotees.

Places to Visit in Dilwara Temples

The Dilwara Temples in Mount Abu is an assortment of five beautifully sculpted temples dedicated to the five tirthankars of Jainism. These temples are considered very sacred by the Jain devotees. The places which you should visit inside the temple complex are as follows:

1. Shree Adinath Ji Temple or Vimal Vasahi Temple

This temple is believed to be the oldest among all and is constructed by a minister of the Gujarat’s Solanki Dynasty called Vimal Shah in the year 1031 AD. That is why; this temple is also called Vimal Vasahi Temple. This temple is dedicated to Shree Adinath Ji, the 1st Tirthankar of Jainism and is having an open patio bordered by passageways, arches, columns and entryways all ornamented by engraved marble stones. There is a hall inside the temple which has arches skillfully engraved with floral patterns and 12 beautifully adorned pillars. You can also check the nicely sculpted figures of Jain Tirthankars on the marble stones inside the temple.

This temple also has a group of 9 rectangle-shaped ceilings called ‘Navchowki’. The main sanctum/ garvgraha is called ‘Gudh Mandapa’ where the statue of Shree Adinath Ji is placed with very simple ornamentations. Another section inside the temple is ‘Hasthishala’ which shows a passageway of carved elephants.

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Vimal Vasahi Temple

2. Shree Parshav Nath Ji Temple or Khartar Vasahi Temple

This temple has three floors and is the loftiest among all the temples in Dilwara Temples. This temple is constructed by Mandlik in between 1458 AD to 1459 AD. Khartar Vasahi temple is dedicated to Sree Parshav Nath Ji, the 23rd saint/tirthankar of Jainism.

The ground floor of this temple comprises four spacious halls on four directions. The walls, arches and pillars are intricately adorned with brilliant art works in grey coloured sand stones.

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Khartar Vasahi Temple

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3. Shree Rishab Deoji Temple or Peetalhar Temple

 This temple is dedicated to the Jain tirthankar Shree Rishab Deoji and was constructed by an officer of Gujarat Dynasty called Bhima Seth. This temple is called Peetalhar temple as most of the idols inside this temple are constructed with Peetal (Brass). The idol of Shree Rishab Deoji is constructed with ‘Panch Dhaatu’ (five metals) out of which Peetal (Brass) being the main metal. This temple also includes Gudh Mandapa and Navchowki like other temples in Dilwara Temple complex.

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Peetalhar Temple

4. Shree Nemi Nath Ji Temple or Luna Vasahi Temple

This temple is dedicated to the 22nd tirthankar/saint of Jainism, Shree Nemi Nath Ji. This temple was constructed in the year 1230 by 2 brothers namely Vastupal and Tejpal. Among the significant temples inside the Dilwara complex, this temple has a central hall where more than 300 minute figures of Jain saints are sculpted on marble stones in a circular pattern. The statue of Shree Nemi Nath Ji is engraved in black marble and is placed in the main sanctum or Gudh Mandapa.

A huge pillar is constructed by Mewar’s Maharana Pratap on the left direction of the temple and named it as ‘Kirti Stambh’. Like the Vimal Vasahi Temple, this temple also has a ‘Hasthishala’ which comprises ten marble carved elephants.

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Luna Vasahi

5. Lord Mahavir Temple

This temple is small in size related to other temples in Dilwara complex. This temple is dedicated to the 24th tirthankar/saint of Jainism, Lord Mahavir and was constructed in the year 1582. The ceiling of this temple is painted with amazing pictures which were painted in the year 1764 by an artisan from Sirohi.

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Lord Mahavir Temple

Necessary Information

Dilwara Temple is open all the days from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm for the Jain disciples and from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm for tourists.

No entry charge is needed as it is a spiritual place.

Photography is strictly restricted inside the temple complex.

Mobile phones and belts are not allowed inside the temple.

Any stuff made up of leather is not allowed inside the temple complex.

Lockers are available inside the temple complex to keep your stuffs.

Short dresses are not allowed for both men and women inside the temple.

Guides are available without charge to give you a detailed description about the construction, history and facts of this ancient temple.

If you want to perform Puja of these saints than, you have to bathe before Puja. Bathing facility is available inside the temple complex.

Confirm the tourist visit timings before visiting this temple by calling at +91-2974-235151 to avoid disappointment.

You can take a walk in the blossoming garden surrounding the temple complex or you can sit there to spend some relaxed and peaceful time.

Outside the temple complex you will get food stalls for some refreshments.

How to Reach Dilwara Temples

1. If you are coming to Dilwara Temples via airways, than, the closest airport is the Dabok airport Udaipur which is nearly 165 kms away. Rented taxis and cabs are available outside the airport to reach this temple.

2. If you are coming via railways, than, the Abu Road railway station as well as the Morthala railway station are the two options closest to the Dilwara Temples. Both these railway stations are only 14 kms away from this location. Cabs are available outside the railway station to reach the temple.

3. Government bus networks are available from Mount Abu/Udaipur to this location. You can also reach Dilwara Temples from Mount Abu or Udaipur by rented/private cars.

Where to Stay

The Dilwara Temples is only 2.6 kms away from the Hill Station of Mount Abu. Good accommodation options are not available near this temple. So, it is better to stay in Mount Abu where both budget and lavish staying options are available for backpackers/families.

Best Time to Visit Dilwara Temples

Summers are very hot here and the temperature rises to a maximum of 39 degrees. In monsoon, the chances of unpredictable showers are there which can ruin your sightseeing and temple exploring plan.
In winter, from October to February, the Mount Abu weather remains pleasant and this is the ideal time to visit this temple and seek blessing of these holy saints.

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