The Dilwara temple is one of the finest Jain temple which is known all over the world. It is located around 2 ½ km from Mount Abu in Rajasthan. It was built during the 11th and 13th century. Mount Abu is only one hill station in Rajasthan. The Dilwara temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rajasthan. It is well-known for its extraordinary architecture and marvellous marble stone carving. This temple is popular for its artistic work. Dilwara temple is not only a tourist centre but also a pilgrimage centre for all the followers of Jainism. The Dilwara temple consist of five temple which are dedicated to the Jain faith.
They are made with marble which make them more beautiful. This temple is surrounded by a grand wall and also surround by a huge green hill which are giving a scenic beauty to the whole atmosphere. The five temples has its own unique identity. Each temple are named after the small villages in which they are located. The names of five temples are:
1) Vimal Vashi Vimal Vasahi is also known as Shri Adi Nathji temple. This temple is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankar lord Rishabh. It was built by Vimal Shah, the minister and commander in Chief of Bhima Devi in 1021.
2) Luna Vasahi Luna Vasahi is also known as Shri Nemi Nathji temple. This temple is dedicated to the 22nd Jain Tirthankar , named as Shri Neminathji. This temple was built by two Porwad brothers (Vastupal and Tejpal) they both are the ministers of a Virdhawal, in year 1230.
3) Pithalhar Pithalhar is also known as Shri Rishabh Deoji Temple. In this most of the statues are built by using the brass metal. This temple is dedicated to first Jain Tirthankar. It was built by Bhim Shah, minister from Gujarat dynasty.
4) Khartar Vasahi This temple is also called as Shri Parshav Nathji temple. It is dedicated to the 23rd Jain Tirthankar , Lord Parshva. This temple was built by the Mandika clan in between 1458-1459 A.D. This temple has the tallest shrine along with four big Mandapas amongst all Dilwara temple.
5) Mahaveer Swami: Mahaveer Swami is also known as Shri Mahaveer Swamiji temple. This temple is dedicated to the 24rd Jain Tirthankar. This temple was built in the year 1582.
HOW TO REACH TEMPLE
Airways The nearest Airport is Udaipur which is about 185km from Mount Abu. The regular flights are available from Mumbai and Delhi.
Railways There direct trains from Mt Abu to Jodhpur, Agra and Ajmer. One can also halt at Abu road that is 29 km away.
Roadways Mount Abu can also travel by road. Buses and private cars are available from all other major cities.