At a distance of two and a half kilometres from Mount Abu, in the Sirohi district, is located the Dilwara Jain Temples, which was built by Vastupal Tejpal between 11th and 13th centuries AD. Vimal Vasahi, dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Adinath; Luna Vasahi, dedicated to the 22nd Jain Tirthankara, Neminatha; Pithalhar, dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankar, Rishabha; Parshvanath, dedicated to the 23rd Jain Tirthankara, Parshva; Mahavir Swami, dedicated to the last Jain Tirthankara, Mahavira; are the five temples which follows the Jain ideals of abstinence and simplicity.
Apart from being a significant pilgrimage site, the Dilwara Temples are also known for its architectural perfection. Vimal Vasahi temple outshines, being carved entirely out of white marble. It was built in 1031 A.D. by Vimal Shah, a minister of Bhimdev I, the Chalukya King (Solanki Maharaja) of Gujarat. The Luna Vasahi temple was built in 1230 by two Porwad brothers – Vastupal and Tejpal – both ministers of a Virdhaval, the Vaghela ruler of Gujarat. The details on the ceilings, doorways, pillars and panels are minute and threaded to Jainism.
The tourist is made aware of the tour hours outside the temple. The highlight is the blend of ascetic life and ornamental structure of the temples which makes it worth visiting!
When to visit : Dilwara Temple
Best time to visit: August - March
Opening hours:12:00 PM - 5:00 PM