About Dilwara Jain Temples
The Dilwara Jain mandir of
India are located about 2½ kilometers from Mount Abu, Rajasthan's only
hill station. These temples dating back from the 11th to the 13th century AD
are world famous for their stunning use of marble. The five legendary marble
Dilwara temples are the sacred pilgrimage of the Jains. They are an
overwhelming blend of simple beauty and exquisite elegance. The marble
temples have an opulent entranceway. The simplicity in architecture verily
reminds one that Jainism as a religion "encouraged honesty and
frugality". The temples reside amidst mesmerizing surroundings of mango
trees and wooded hills. A high wall, shimmering luminous in the sunlight,
shrouds the temple complex.
Although the Jains built some beautiful temples at other places in
Rajasthan but none come close to these in terms of architectural perfection of Dilwara temple in Rajasthan.
The ornamental detail spread over the minutely carved ceilings, doorways,
pillars and panels is simply marvellous and has to be seen to be believed.
Five Unique Dilwara Temples
There are 5 temples in all, each with its own unique identity though
together they are named after the small village in which they are located.