Dilwara Temples in Rajasthan is famous for its stone carvings and architecture styles. It is located just 3kms away from Mount Abu. Ministers of Solanki rulers of Gujarat were built these temples. These temples are dedicated to Lord Parshvanath, Lord Mahavir Swami, Lord Nemi Nathji, Lord Rishabhdev, and Lord Adinath. Pillars, doorways, Carved Ceilings’, Majestic Entrance Gate of each and every temple are so beautiful. Before entering into the temple it is mandatory to have bath. Bathing facility is available.
What to see in Dilwara Temples:
Luna Vasahi Temple: Tejpal and Vastupal brothers have built this temple in 1230 AD. Lord Nemi Nathji is worshipped in this temple. He was 22nd Jain Thirthnkar. Rag Mandapa Hall is one of the major attractions of this temple. This hall consists of 360 carved idols of Jain Trithankars. All are made up of marble.
Pitthalhar Temple: This temple consists of Navchowki and Madapa like other temples. All the idols of this temple are made up of brass.
Shri Parshavnath Temple: This was built in 1458- 59 AD. Major attractions of this temple are 4 big Mandapas, Tallest Tower and beautiful sculptures on the outer wall. Sculptures of outer wall are made up of gray sandstone.
Vimal Vasahi Temple: This is the oldest temple belongs to Lord Adinath. He was the first Jain Trithankar. Open Courtyard and rich carvings are the major attraction of this temple. This temple was built in 1031AD by Vimal Shah. It is surrounded by corridors which is having small images of Jain Saints. Pillars are decorated with musical instruments carvings and interior temple was decorated with flowers and petal carvings.
Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Mahaveer. He was 24th Jain Tirthankar. It was built in 1582.
What to see around Dilwara Temples:
Archaeological Museum: Major attraction of this museum is Devdasi statues. These statues belong to 6th and 12th centuries. It was built in 1962. This was divided into two sections. Accessories of ancient period are preserved in the first section of the museum. In the second section is so attractive with miniatures paintings. It is located 6kms away from the temple.
Mount Abu wild life sanctuary: People visit this place for sightseeing. It is located on the oldest parts of mountain range. It is located 36kms away from the temple.
Sunset Point: This Place offers a beautiful view of the Sunset. It is located 5kms away from the temple.
Nakki Lake: This is one of the major attractions of Mount Abu. Rock formations such as Camel Rock, Nandi Rock, Nun Rock, and Toad Rock can be seen here. Boating is another major attraction of this place. It is located 3kms away from the temple.
Neminath Temple: Solanki Style can be seen here. It has a lotus flower carved inside the dome covering the mandap. It is located 24kms away from the temple.
Getting to Dilwara Temples: Only way to reach these temples is through road. Before visiting this place, visitors have to reach to Mount Abu. From Abu, Jeeps and Taxis are available to reach to this temple. Abu is well connected with all the major cities such as Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad etc. Nearest railway station is Abu Road Station. This is well connected with Mumbai and Delhi. Nearest airport is Maharana Pratap or Dabok Airport which is 210kms away from the temples.
Getting around Dilwara Temples: Temples can be explored on foot. Jeeps and taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of the temples.
Best time to visit Dilwara Temples: Best time to visit these temples is between February and June and between September and December.
Where to stay in Dilwara Temples: Plenty of accommodations are available near temple complex including luxury hotels. Visitors can stay in Mount Abu also as it is just 3kms away from the complex.
Where to eat in Dilwara Temples: As it is a pilgrim place only vegetarian is available. Chinese, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Guajarati Cuisines are available.