The Dilwara Temples of India are located about 2½ kilometres from Mount Abu, Rajasthan's only hill station. These Jain temples were built by Vimal Shah and designed by Vastapul-Tejpal, Jain laymen, between the 11th and 13th centuries AD and are famous for their use of marble and intricate marble carvings. The five marble temples of Dilwara are a sacred pilgrimage place of the Jains. Some consider them to be one of the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites in the world. The temples have an opulent entranceway, the simplicity in architecture reflecting Jain values like honesty and frugality. The temples are in the midst of a range of forested hills. A high wall shrouds the temple complex.
Address: Delwara, Mount Abu, Rajasthan 307501
Festivals:Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan
Governing body:Seth Kalyanji Paramanandji Pedi
Five Temples: There are five temples in all, each with its own unique identity. Each is named after the small village in which it is located. These are:
- Vimal Vasahi, dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabha.
- Luna Vasahi, dedicated to the 22nd Jain Tirthankara, Neminatha.
- Pithalhar, dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankar, Rishabha.
- Parshvanath, dedicated to the 23rd Jain Tirthankara, Parshvanatha.
- Mahavir Swami, dedicated to the last Jain Tirthankara, Mahavira.
Among all the five legendary marble temples of Dilwara, the most famous of those are the Vimal Vasahi and the Luna Vasahi temples.
Creator Vimal Shah, Vastapul-Tejpal
Completed between the 11th and 13th centuries AD
Amenities: Facilities are available for bathing, which is mandatory before puja is performed for the idols. These facilities use passive solar power to heat up the water for bathing and other things. Guided tour hours for tourists are posted outside the temple.
Other Temples to Visit:
- Ranakpur Jain temple
- Shankheshwar Jain Temple