A Dream in marble - Dilwara Temples

15 Dec 2017  Fri

Dilwara Jain Temples are one of the finest Jain temples known the world over for its extraordinary architecture and marvellous marble stone carvings. It is Located in Rajasthan at Mount Abu, built by Vastupal Tejpal between 11th and 13th century AD.

The simplicity in architecture verily reminds one that Jainism as a religion “encouraged honesty and frugality”. The temples reside amidst mesmerizing surroundings of mango trees. A high wall, shimmering luminous in the sunlight, shrouds the temple complex.

Dilwara Temple includes five equally beguiling temples namely- Vimal Vasahi, Luna Vasahi, Pittalhar, Parshavanatha and Mahavir Swami Temple dedicated to Lord Adinath, Lord Rishabhdeo, Lord Neminath, Lord Mahavir Swami and Lord Parshvanath respectively.

From all these temples, the Vimal Vasahi and Luna Vasahi temple are the most famous one. Vimal Vasahi was built in 1021 AD by Vimal Shah, a minister of the Chalukya King of Gujarat, Bhimdev I. Among the rich carving are the lotus petals, flowers and scenes from Jain and Hindu mythology carved on the ceiling, mandaps, pillars and arches, the 12 decorated pillars of Rang Mandap, female figures with musical instruments, and the 16 Vidyadevis (Goddess of Knowledge).

The Luna Vasahi was built in 1230 by two Porwad brothers, ministers of a Vaghela ruler of Gujarat Virdhaval. Designed on the lines similar to Vimal Vasahi Temple, the Rang Mandap ceiling has a big ornamental pendant surrounded by concentric carvings of the Tirthankars and monks. The Hathishala or elephant cell has 10 beautiful and realistic marble elephants.

The other 3 temples are small but equally elegant. Indian Post has issued commemorative postage stamp on this beautiful Dilwara Temple on 14th October 2009, of denomination Rs 5.

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