Delwara Temples, Dilwara Village, Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Delwara Temples, Dilwara Village, Mount Abu, Rajasthan
  • 983 years old Delwara five Jain temple complex is dedicated to 24 Tirthankar (enlightened souls) and 16 Vidya Devis.
  • Ambika Devi – Kuldevi of Vimal Shah appeared in his dream and conveyed the message to built a temple in Delwara.
  • Rs. 4,53,60,000 was the cost of land purchased by Vimal Shah to build temple.
  • The first temple construction cost was 18 crores 53 lacs.
  • The second temple construction cost was 12 Crores 59 lacs.
  • 1500 artisans and 1200 labor worked for 25 years to complete this temple complex.
  • During temple construction artisans and labor were give gold per day as equal as dust of marble submitted. More the marble dust, more the gold in return. And this policy made the carvings more artistic.
  • There are also 52 small temples inside. If you stand in front of any temple you will find four temple around you.
  • 994 A.D. Adinath idol was discovered here only under Champa tree.
  • 108 mann (40 kg = 1 mann) Adinath idol is installed.
  • Shri Neminath is known as brother of Lord Krishna. At Shri Neminath ji temple one can watch Dwarka along with Gomti river beautifully displayed via carvings.
  • Whenever there is any renovation it is mentioned. The last renovation was done about 50 years back during Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru time.
  • Delwara temple is taken care by Jain trust only.
  • Temple is open for tourist from 12 noon – 6 pm only.

Note: Camera, Mobile is not allowed inside the temple complex. One has to deposit at a counter.

Delwara temples for sure is rich heritage with amazing carving and one should visit at least once.

The above summary of Delwara Jain temple history is shared by a local authorized guide (I forgot name) we hired from Tourist Reception Centre, Mount Abu. He is 58 years old originally from Jamnagar (Gujarat). Upon arrival at Mout Abu during his job days he decided to stay here forever. He was an accountant earlier but since 1985 he is an authorized local guide of tourist department. As per him he is the only guide authorized to enter temple area along with tourist.

Thank you guide for the narration. Thanks again.