The Dilwara Temples are world famous Jain pilgrimage place known for the amazing use of marble. They are located about 2.5 kilometers away from Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan. The temples were built between 11th and 13th Century when Mount Abu was just a remote mountain area. These are considered to be among the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites in the world. The architecture of the temples reflects frugality and honesty, the famous Jain values.
These temples are considered to be close to perfection in terms of architecture. The attractively carved minute details on doorways, pillars, ceilings and panels are simply amazing.
There are total five temples, each having its own uniqueness. These five temples are named on the villages they are located in.
Vimal Vasahi, the first temple is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Lord Adinatha. It was constructed in 1031 AD. The carvings are entirely of white marble.
Luna Vasahi is dedicated to 22nd Tirthankara, Lord Neminatha. This stunning temple was built in 1230 and its design was inspired by that of Vimal Vasahi Temple.
Pithalhar, is another temple dedicated to Lord Adinatha, the first Tirthankara. This architectural marvel was built in late 13th century. However, some part of it is still unfinished.
Parshvanath is named after the 23rd and second last Tirthankara, Lord Parshvanatha. This is the first temple on the left to the entrance which was built in 1458-59.
Mahavir Swami temple is dedicated to the 24th and last Jain Tirthankara, Lord Mahaveera. This temple was constructed in 1582. They are pictures on the upper wall of the porch painted by Sirohi artists in 1764.
The most famous of these 5 legendary marble temples are Vimal Vasahi and Luna Vasahi temples.
The remaining three are relatively smaller but just as marvelous as other two.
It is believed that the artisans who completed the marble work were paid according to the amount of dust they collected, which encouraged them to carve more sophisticated designs.
The temple remain open from 6 am to 6 pm and the best time to visit these temples is late October to early March as the marble flourishing remain cool during the time.
It takes approx 2 hours to completely visit these 5 temples, admiring the magical designs carved out of marble.