Udaipur To Dilwara Jain Temple
The Dilwara Jain Temples, located about 2 kilometers from here, are a respected pilgrimage destination for Jains in the region and across India. The Dilwara Jain temples are located in the lap of nature, surrounded by the canopy lush green hills and mango trees. According to historical records, these temples were built between the eleventh and the thirteenth century AD. Along with a regular influx of tourists that is steadily increasing, it is visited every year by devout Jains. The white marble temples are said to be a dedication to Jain saints.
When viewed from a distance, one might wonder why these temples are respected so much for their beauty. Though the temples seem to be ordinary from the outside, it’s only when one steps inside them will one be able to marvel at the feats of artistry. The incredibly ornate marble stone carvings and the precise engraving on the temple ceilings and pillars are a photographers’ delight Dilwara Jain Temple Mount Abu.
The ceilings feature ornate gold leaf work, and one will possibly need to zoom in with a pair of binoculars (photography is forbidden inside the temple complex) to appreciate the finer details of the ceiling paintings. The paintings depict the stories of Jain history and mythology. Open between noon and 3 pm, the entry to these temples is free. While there are other Jain temples across Rajasthan, the Dilwara temples are unmatched in their architectural perfection.
They are not only monuments – but fully functional temples that see hordes of Jains come to offer regular prayers. The temples have facilities for bathing, a necessary pre-requisite to the performance of ‘puja’ (prayer). In the winter months, the bathing facilities are heated by solar power for bathing.
Dilwara Jain Temple Timings:
|For Jain Community||6:00 AM to 6:00 PM|
|For Non-Jain Community||12:00 Pm to 6:00 PM|
Interesting Facts About Dilwara Temple Mount Abu
- The Jain Dilwara temple complex is located 2.5 km from the Mount Abu town centre
- It is a major sacred pilgrimage site for Jains worldwide and is Mount Abu’s most popular attraction
- The temple complex is set in beautiful surroundings of mango trees and wooded hills – a walk around the complex is worth it
- The Dilwara temples predates the town of Mount Abu by several centuries and was built when this site was just a remote mountain area
- The complex contains five Jain temples which are known worldwide for their superb marble carvings
- Vimal Vasahi and Luna Vasahi temples are the most famous among the five Jain Dilwara temples
- It is believed that the artisans were paid according to the amount of dust they collected, encouraging them to carve ever more intricately