Dilwara Temples

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Overview

The Dilwara Temple or Delvada Temple is the most sacred pilgrimage site for the Jains. It is just two and a half kilometers from the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu. It lies amidst the verdant green Aravali hills of Rajasthan. A high wall hems in the temple complex.

Apart from Jains, it is a popular general tourist attraction. Dilwara Temple looks austere from the outside. Once you enter inside, you will witness intricate patterns and designs carved on pillars, archways, walls, and roofs. 

Vastupal and Tejpal designed the temple. Vimal Shah built the temple between the 11th and 13th centuries. Since primordial time, these spectacular temples serve as a shelter to the Jain pilgrims and saints. They flock here to offer prayers with devotion.

The temple complex comprises five fascinating temples, i.e., Vimal Vasahi, Luna Vasahi, Pittalhar, Parshavanatha, and Mahavir Swami Temple, revering to Lord Adinath, Lord Rishabhdeo, Lord Neminath, Lord Mahavir Swami, and Lord Parshvanath, respectively.

Of these five temples, Luna Vasahi and Vimal Vasahi are the most popular among pilgrims. Temples stand out for the massive use of marble and intricate carvings on every nook and corner.

A central hall, Rang Mandap, and Garbhagraha are the innermost sanctum where idols sit in these shrines. Navchowki is a conglomeration of nine richly decorated ceilings.

Hathishala and Kirthi Stumbh are other impressive structures. Dilwara Temples are an exact embodiment of simplicity and austerity, which are intrinsic Jain principles and values. 

 

Architecture 

Dilwara temples are the most exquisitely beautiful among all other temples that Jains built at different places in Rajasthan with its architectural marvel. For excessive use of marble, the Dilwara Temple is the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage site globally.

The architecture is a collection of ancient manuscripts. The Nagara style has inspired it, and all five temples are the same size and single-storied. A total of 48 pillars in all the temples display beautiful females in dancing postures. 

'Ranga Mandapa' is a dome-shaped ceiling with a chandelier-like structure in the middle of the roof. Stone made sixteen idols of Vidyadevi surround it. Lotuses, gods, and abstract patterns are other designs of carvings.  

The simplicity in architecture in an opulent entranceway reflects Jain values of frugality and honesty. You will see decorative detail on the carved ceilings, pillars, doorways, and panels. Spaces around each temple do not form a public square.

These temples inspired many architects to shift their focus to the interior space and its designs.

The Five Marvels Of Dilwara Temples 

Vimal Vasahi Temple

In 1021, the Solanki kings of Gujarat, Vimal Shah, built Vimal Vasahi temple, which is the oldest and most famous amongst all temples. The idol of Lord Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankar, is enshrined in the sanctum sanctorum.

A corridor with smaller idols of the Tirthankars surrounds the temple in an open courtyard. The icon of Lord Adinath seats in the Gudh Mandap, which is the main hall.

The king engaged 1200 laborers and 1500 masons for 14 years to build the temple costing 185.3 million.

Luna Vasahi Temple

This is the second prominent temple dedicated to Lord Neminath, the 22nd Jain Tirthankara Lord. Vastupal and Tejpal were two Porwad brothers who built temples in 1230 in memory of their brother Luna. Both were the ministers of Virdhaval.

The Rang Mandap(the central hall) contains 72 figures of Tirthankaras in a circular band and 360 figures of Jain monks. Hathishala houses 10 marble elephants and Kirthi Stambh(a giant black stone pillar). Navchowki is nine intricately designed ceilings.

Pittalhar Temple 

Bhima Seth built the third temple and dedicated it to Lord Rishbhdeo, the first Jain Tirthankara Lord. He installed a massive idol of Lord Adinath made using brass and five metals. Navchowki, Gudh Mandap, and Garbhagraha are the beautiful parts of this temple.

Parshwanatha Temple

Mandlik built it in 1459 and dedicated this temple to Lord Parshavanath, the 23rd Jain Tirthankar. It is the tallest of all temples with three-stories. Four main halls and carvings on grey sandstone walls are the major attractions.

Mahavir Swami Temple

Lord Mahavir was the 24th Jain Tirthankar, and this fascinating temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavir. It was built in 1582, and artists of Sirohi contributed paintings to it.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 12:00 pm to 06:00 pm
  • Monday : 12:00 pm to 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 12:00 pm to 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 12:00 pm to 06:00 pm
  • Thursday : 12:00 pm to 06:00 pm
  • Friday : 12:00 pm to 06:00 pm
  • Saturday : 12:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • Taxi/auto-rickshaws : You can hire a taxi to reach the temple, which is 2.5 kilometers. Buses do not run on this route.
  • Air : The nearest airport is 170 kilometers in Udaipur. Board a bus from the bus stand or hire a cab from the airport to Mount Abu.
  • Train : Alight at Abu Road station, and take a bus to Mount Abu.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Every one : Free Entry

Address

Dilwara Temples, Delwara, Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India

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Vivek Agrawal
Vivek Agrawal
09/09/2020 13:58
Dilwara temples are completely made in high quality White marble. The temples are just Superb, Mind blowing and beyond description, I have no words to describe this wonderful piece of fine stone carving. The workmanship is just unbelievable. They date between the 11th and 16th centuries, forming some of the most famous monuments in the style of Maru – Gujara architecture.
Abhishek Kumar
Abhishek Kumar
08/18/2020 18:21
This Jain Temple is Wonderful Place of India. Architect of this Temple are unique. Any Electronic devices like Camera and Mobile are not allowed in Temple. Peaceful place of Rajsthan (India).
Shyam Sharma
Shyam Sharma
10/01/2020 21:58
One of the best and largest temples you will ever see in your whole life. Absolutely stunning architectures.
sureshgodara
sureshgodara
07/04/2020 08:59
A marvel of human genius. Each stone is so intricately carved , so fine and so detailed, it lives up. Nothing has been left uncarved. Pure white marble walls and ceilings and pillars, everything is wonderful and unmatched by anything else. The hardwork and genius of sculptors is amazing. Temple is plain and so simple from top, while a treasure inside, to protect it from the eyes of invaders. A must visit.
Ashok Patwa
Ashok Patwa
09/14/2020 23:40
This Jain temple is far far better than the Taj Mahal. This Jain temple is having superb and unique carving. This Jain temple is like an another wonder of the world. This Jain temple is built on the hills.

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Vastupal and Tejpal designed the temple. Vimal Shah built the temple between the 11th and 13th centuries. Vimal Shah was the minister of the then Solanki ruler of Gujarat. It was built in 1031 AD. The temple features its circular ceiling in eleven richly carved concentric rings.
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Dilwara temple is a paragon of architectural excellence in the Māru-Gurjara style. The temples date back to the 11th and 16th centuries. Intricate marble carvings and pure white marble make them stand out amongst all the temples built by Jains in Rajasthan. These are prominent pilgrimage site for Jains. ...
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