The ancient temples of India have been well-known for their architecture, design, and splendor. One of the finest examples of this is the Dilwara temples of Rajasthan. The Dilwara temples were built between 11th and 13th centuries AD near a place named Mount Abu in Rajasthan by Vimal Shah and Vastapul- Tejpal. These temples are dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras.
The Dilwara temple complex consists of 5 temples built in white marble. The names of these temples are Vimal Vasahi (Shri Nath Ji temple), Luna vasahi(Shri Nemi Nath Ji temple), Pithalhar(Shri Rishabh Dev Ji temple), Khartar Vasahi(Shri Parshv Nath Ji temple) and Mahaveer Swami(Shri Mahavir Swami ji temple). There is a proper spacing around the temple. The complex of these temples is huge and is spread across a very large area.
Dilwara temples are considered to be a treat for the eyes and are well-known for their craftsmanship and architecture. The temples are adorned with carved passages, beautifully carved pillars, columns, doorways, and arches. The domes have been known for their striking proportion, elaborate workmanship, architectural content and sculptural ornamentation.
Gopal, a tourist remarks, “The beauty of these temples is matchless. Though these temples were built at a time when there were no machines to assist the craftsmen, yet these temples are so incredible! Though I have also been to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, I personally feel that Dilwara is more special because probably nowhere else in the world there exists a creation which has been carved so finely in marble.”
The values these exhibit are honesty, frugality, and tranquility. These great temples stand in the midst of a range of forested hills as icons of architectural beauty and splendor.