The Dilwara Temples are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rajasthan. They are located around 2½ kms from Mount Abu, which is only hill station in the state. Built in the period between 11th and 13th century AD, the Dilwara are a great specimen of the grand architecture and beautiful carvings. In addition to being a tourist spot, the place is also a well known pilgrimage spot.
The Dilwara Jain Temples consist of 5 temples which are dedicated to the Jain faith. They are made with marble which make them so beautiful. People of the Jain community consider the Dilwara temples a sacred pilgrimage spot. The temples are surrounded by forests with the Aravalli Mountains located at the backdrop. The temple is surrounded by a grand wall.
The Dilwara Temples consist of 5 temples in total which are unique in their style and architectural methods. They are named after the small villages in which they are located like:
- Vimal Vasahi (Shri Adi Nathji temple)
- Luna Vasahi (Shri Nemi Nathji temple)
- Pithalhar (Shri Rishabh Deoji temple)
- Khartar Vasahi (Shri Parshav Nathji temple)
- Mahaveer Swami (Shri Mahaveer Swamiji temple)
All the 5 sites in the Dilwara Temples are known for their outstanding architecture and intricate carvings. The sculptures in the carved ceilings, doorways, pillars and panels are simply marvelous and are a blend of the Rajput and Jain School or architecture. The entrances of the temples are wonderfully carved and are dedicated to the various Jain Tirthankaras.
Reaching the Dilwara Jain Temples is easy and convenient. Mount Abu is well connected with various parts Rajasthan and other parts of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and other parts of the country.