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Why You Should Visit The Breathtaking Dilwara Temples In Mount Abu

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India is a land of beauty, wonder, culture, rich heritage, art and architecture, and the Dilwara Temples in Mount Abu are a timeless example of that. They are a dream in marble.

Located 2.6 kilometers from Mount Abu, the five legendary temples of Dilwara were built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD and are famous all over the world for their stunning use of marble. Though the temples look astoundingly unadorned from the outside, the interiors of the temple exhibit remarkable and striking artistry. The intricate marble carvings inside each temple is breathtaking and can beat the famous Taj Mahal hands down. It is believed that the artisans were rewarded according to the amount of dust they collected, encouraging them to carve more intricately.

The temples in general uphold the Jain values of simplicity and genuine sobriety. 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 stunning.

Vimal Vasahi and Luna Vasahi temples are the most famous among the five Jain Dilwara temples. The remaining three Dilwara temples are smaller, but just as elegant as these two. The Pittalhar Temple has a massive metal statue of the first Tirthankara, Rishabha Dev or Adinath. It is cast in five metals. The main metal used is brass or ‘Pital’, hence, getting the name ‘Pittalhar’. 

Unfortunately, photography at this exquisite global cultural heritage site was banned in 1992 for unclear reasons. I am putting up a few photographs of the Dilwara Temples that I found on the internet. Hope they encourage you enough to pack your bags and leave for this architectural gift to mankind.

Entry Fee – Free
Timings
Jains –
6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Non-Jains – 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Visit Duration – 1-2 hours

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