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Dilwara Temples in Mount Abu

Dilwara Temples Mount Abu

Mount Abu, the only hill resort of Rajasthan, is located at a distance of about 185 km from Udaipur and 500 km form Jaipur. Situated at a height of 1,220 m above sea level in the Aravali hills, Mount Abu is bounded by abundant vegetation and a striking lake named as Lake Nakki. The place is not only famous for its enormous natural beauty but also for its importance as a pilgrimage center for Jain and Hindus. The most famous temples and shrines here include Dilwara Jain Temples, Gaumukh Temple, Adhar Devi Temple, and Shri Raghunathji Temple.

The famous Dilwara Jain temples are 2.5 km away from the Mount Abu, which in ancient Hindu and Jain scriptures is referred to as Arbudgiri. The Dilwara temples were dedicated to the Jain tirthankars and also served as storehouses of illustrated manuscripts and treatises. The temples at Mount Abu were constructed between 800 AD and 1200 AD. There are 5 unique temples of Dilwara in all, each with its own unique identity though together they are named after the small village in which they are located.

The Vimal Vashi temple is the earliest and most important of the temples here. It was built in 1021 AD and is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Adinath. The temple was constructed by Vimal Shah, minister of a local Rajput ruler, Raja Bim Deo. It stands in an open courtyard surrounded by 58 cells or kulikas, which contain small icons of the image in the main shrine.

The Luna Vashi temple is dedicated to the 22nd Tirthankara Shri Nemi Nathji. It resembles the architectural plan of the Vimal Vashi temple although it was built 200 years after that temple. The two brothers, Vastu Pala and Tej Pala, both ministers of a local ruler, built this magnificent temple in 1230 AD. The temple is among the last few monuments built in the Solanki style, which came to an end towards the end of the 13th century AD with the Muslim occupation of Gujarat.

The Pittalhar temple was build by Bhima Shah who was a minister of Sultan Begada of Ahmadabad. The temple has a massive metal statue of the Rishab Dev Adinath, cast in five metals. The main metal used in making this statue is 'Pital' (brass), hence the name 'Pittalhar'. The temple is also known as Shri Rishabh Deoji temple.
The Parshavanath temple is dedicated to Lord Parshavnath. Mandlik and his family built this temple in 1458-59 AD. The temple consists of a three storied building, which is the tallest of all the shrines at Dilwara. On the ground floor, all the four faces of the sanctum have four big mandaps. The outer walls of the sanctum are carved with beautiful sculptures of Dikpals, Vidhyadevis, Yakshinis, Shalabhanjikas and other decorative sculptures in gray sandstone.
The Mahaveer Swami temple is a small structure constructed in 1582 AD. It is dedicated to the 24th Jain Tirthankara Lord Mahaveer. The temple is decorated with pictures on the upper walls of the porch painted in 1764 AD by the artists from Sirohi.
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How to Reach Dilwara Temple:

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.