BRIEF ARTICLE ABOUT THE HISTORY JAIN DILWARA TEMPLES


JAIN DILWARA TEMPLES 

GOLD AND MONEY OF SOMNATH TEMPLES WAS USED TO BUILD THIS TEMPLES WHEN THE MINISTERS OF CHALUKYA RAJA DECAMPED FROM SOMNATH DUE TO ATTACKS OF MUSLIMS .... !!!!!

The Jain Delwara temples of India are located about 2½ kilometres from Mount Abu, Rajasthan's only hill station. These temples built by Chalukya between the 11th and 13th centuries AD are world famous for their stunning use of marble. The five legendary marble temples of Dilwara are a sacred pilgrimage place of the Jains.

Some consider them to be one of the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites in the world. The marble temples have an opulent entranceway, the simplicity in architecture reflecting Jain values like honesty and frugality. The temples are in the midst of a range of forested hills. A high wall shrouds the temple complex.

Although the Jains built some beautiful temples at other places in Rajasthan, some believe that none come close to these in terms of architectural perfection. The ornamental detail spreading over the minutely carved ceilings, doorways, pillars and panels is simply marvellous.

For the people who come to perform puja here, there are facilities to bathe and get ready,which is mandatory to perform puja to the idol. The facilities use passive solar power to heat up the water for bathing and other things. Guided tour hours for tourists are posted outside the temple.

Five Unique Temples of Dilwara . There are five temples in all, each with its own unique identity. Each is named after the small village in which it is located. These are:

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.

The most famous of these are the Vimal Vasahi and Luna Vasahi temple