Mount Abu is a popular hamlet of hills nestled in the Aravali Ranges, in the district of Sirohi, Rajasthan. This destination is popularly known as An Oasis in the Desert due to its enchanting topography, which features pristine water bodies like lakes, rivers and waterfalls. This place, situated at an elevation of more than 4000 feet from sea level, is the only hill station in Rajasthan. Some of the prominent places of interest here are Nakki Lake, Guru Shikhar, Gaumukh and Sunset Point. Besides, this hill station is also home to a plethora of venerated shrines.
The Dilwara Jain Temples is one of the must-visit places of religious significance for people who are planning to spend their holidays on Mount Abu tour.
The Dilwara Jain Temples, featuring exquisite architecture and intricate carvings, is among the finest shrines of the world. Walls and ceilings of this religious complex feature captivating frescos and detailed carvings, which captivate the onlookers. Constructed between the 11th and 13th century, it is also a prominent place of archaeological and historical significance. It has been built using marble, which has been decorated with paintings, carvings and detailed designs. There are five sections within this scared complex that have been dedicated to five different Jain deities.
Shri Mahaveer Swami and Adi Nath Temple
Established in the year 1582, the Shri Mahaveer Swami shrine is dedicated to Lord Mahaveer. The structure is relatively small but features exemplary fresco. Its walls have detailed paintings, which were drawn by Sirohi craftsmen in the year 1764.
The Shri Adi Nath Temple is also known as Vimal Vasahi and its construction dates back to the year 1031. This historical religious monument, dedicated to Adinath Ji, was established by Vimal Shah – then Minister of Solanika Kingdom of Gujarat.
It is the oldest shrine in this complex and is visited by historians, devotees and archaeologists all-year round. The structure features an open courtyard, which is surrounded by corridors, adorning intricately carved marble structures. There are numerous cells inside this edifice that house artistic images of Jain saints. Among prime highlights of the structural design of this sacred monument is the internal dome, which has minute designs of flowers and petals. Another prominent structure here is the Guda Mandapa, which is a hall adorning beautiful sculptures of Adinath Ji.
Shri Parshav Nath and Rishabdaoji Temple
The Mandika Clan constructed ParshavNath Temple between the years 1458 and 1459. It is the tallest shrine within this complex and has four big Mandapas. This holy monument, which is also known as Khartar Vasahi, is dedicated to the venerated Parshavnath Ji. Shri Rishabdaoji shrine is also known as the Peethalhar Temple as it houses numerous sculptures made up of Peetal (Brass). It was constructed by Bhima Shah – a minister of the Gujarat dynasty.
Shri Nemi NathJi or Luna Vasahi Temple
Established in the year 1230 by brothers Vastupal and Tejpal, this shrine is associated with Neminath Ji. One of the prime highlights of this sacred monument is the Rag Mandapa, which houses about 360 small idols of Jain trithankar. All idols are made up of white marble while those of Nemnath Ji are made up of black marble. Visitors cannot miss to visit these beatific sacred sites during Rajasthan tours.