India is known for its diverse culture and the amalgamation of so many religions and the ethnicities lend a variety in terms of the architecture flaunted by the country. Talking about Rajasthan, the state is filled with astonishing monuments that hold historical as well as religious importance.
On one hand, the state boasts of art and architecture from the ancient times of Mughals and Rajputs, while on the other hand, you will also get to witness the very quaint and wonderful Jain temples in various part of the state.
Mentioned here are some popular Jain temples of Rajasthan where you can find solace and at the same time enjoy the spiritual vibes of the ambiance.
Built in between the 11th and 13th Centuries AD, the Dilwara temples of Mount Abu are quite popular among tourists. It’s a group of 5 temples beautifully carved out of marbles rendering a breathtaking view of the site. The picturesque beauty of Mount Abu combined with the marble work of these temples makes it one of the most beautiful tourist spot in the state.
Dedicated to Tirthankar Rishabhnatha, the construction of Ranakpur Jain temple was started in the 15th Century by a Jain named Dharna Shah. After that, it was continued by Rana Kumbha from whom the city derived its name. The temple has a quadrupled shape representing the cosmos. The surroundings are quite a treat to the eyes and worth capturing.
The most lavish Jain temples of Rajasthan are considered to be located in Jodhpur. Built in the 783 AD by King Vatsaraja, this temple is located in a region called Osian that lies on the sand dunes of Thar Desert. The architecture of the Osian temples adorned with detailed carving would definitely make you drool over the beauty of the religious site.
Built in the 9th Century, the Mirpur Jain temple is dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankar Parsvanatha. It’s regarded as one of the oldest marble monument of Rajasthan. Its extensive architecture featuring beautiful pillar carvings make it a must-visit site.
Ajmer is considered to be the religious hub of Rajasthan where you would find several spiritual sites across the city. Soniji Ki Nasiyan in Ajmer dates back to the 19th century and it took 25 years to complete the construction. The temple has an inner chamber made of gold called Swarna Nagari or “City of Gold”. The entrance gate is built of red sandstone while the halls are adorned with gold, silver, and other precious stones.