India is precisely a land of great beauty, culture and a rich history. India is a famous country all over the world for its culture and tradition. Indian culture is considered as the first and supreme culture of the world. Our country is known for having the greatest of diversities in everything.. be it the food, the people, the art and architecture, tradition, religion,etc .
Diversities can be seen in temples also, It can be a jain temple or a hindu temple, but our culture is what binds us together. India is a big country with high population where people of various religions with unique culture live together. It is this unique aspect that really sets us apart.
Rajasthan, in western India, an extremely beautiful land with its equally beautiful, colourful and vibrant people highlights this very aspect. Travelling into Rajasthan is a thrilling experience but more abiding impression is of the people of Rajasthan. They are simple and happy people in spite of all the difficult conditions they are put to face. The most beautiful architecture in Rajasthan is the historic Dilwara Jain Temple.
The Dilwara temple is the most beautiful temple of Rajasthan. This marvelous creation is situated at a distance of merely 2.5 kilometers from Mount Abu. These temples dating back from the 11th to the 13th century AD are world famous for their stunning use of marble. Dilwara jain temple is a holy Jain pilgrim center. The temples are made of marble stone with luxurious entrance and huge ornamental framework. Elephants were used to transport the marble from faraway places to this hilly area. The Dilwara temples are a set of 5 Jain temples. The five temples of Dilwara dedicated to the five Jain Tirthankararas are as follows :-
- Vimal Vasahi, dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Rishaba
- Luna Vasahi, dedicated to the 22nd Jain Tirthankara, Neminatha
- Pithalhar, dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankar, Rishabha
- Mahavir Swami, dedicated to the last Jain Tirthankara, Mahavira
- Parshavanath Dilwara temple, dedicated to the 23rd Jain Tirthankara, Parshva
Dilwara Jain temples are simple and general looks from outside but its extravagant doors of entrance tells about its architectural superiority. Photography is strictly banned inside the temple .Although the Jains built some beautiful temples at other places in Rajasthan but none come close to these in terms of architectural perfection.