3. More Jain temples in Rajasthan
Not only in Jaisalmer, if you want to visit Jain temples in Rajasthan, you will find countless temples all over this royal state of Rajasthan.
They are even more beautiful, even more spectacular than the ones found in Jaisalmer.
Let’s see which are the major Jain temples that you can see in other cities of Rajasthan:
3.1 Ranakpur Jain Temples, Pali
Ranakpur Jain Temple
Among the most visually spectacular Jain temples in Rajasthan is Ranakpur Temple. This temple was built back in the 15th century, and is named after Rana Kumbha, the illustrious Rajput king of Mewad.
A wealthy trader once had a dream in which he was directed to build a temple. Following this divine dream, he started to construct this temple, and today it is not only a major tourist attraction of Rajasthan but among the great archaeological treasures that ancient kings of Rajasthan left behind as heritage monuments.
The temple is made of marble stone, and its finely detailed carvings and innumerable sculptures show the finesse of Rajasthani craftsmen and artisans.
The main deity is Adinatha, the first tirthankara of Jain religion. It’s a huge temple, and you will find many other temples in this complex besides the main temple.
Everything from the mandapa (compound), shikhara (tall spire), murti (shrines), domes, to cupolas, windows, prayer halls, are carved with highly detailed carvings.
The 1444 pillars, though, are a stunning visual treat, as you will find them everywhere, and with the most spectacular sculptures carved on them, and intricately designed patterns. The pillars are so precisely carved, that no two pillars have the same carvings and designs.
Ranakpur Jain Temple is closer to Udaipur, and you can go on a day trip from Udaipur to visit them together with Kumbhalgarh Fort.
3.2 Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu
Dilwara Jain Temple
Being close to Mount Abu, Dilwara Temples are a hot favourite tourist destination for tourists traveling to this one and only hill station of Rajasthan.
Dilwara Temples were built between the 11th & 13th centuries and are the most magnificent of all the Jain temples found in the world, and certainly in Rajasthan.
There are five temples in this temple complex and they are devoted to the Jain tirthankaras like Adinath, Parsvanath, Rishabhdev, Neminath, and Mahaveer Swami.
Their construction is the most amazing you will see in any marble temple, and the finesse with which the sculptures are carved, and the geometrical patterns with which the pillars are constructed, will leave you wonderstruck at the architectural superiority of temple architects of those times.
Intricate carvings are found everywhere in this temple, and the details are so fine and so delicately carved out of marble stone, that it will arrest you with its elegance.
Walk in the corridors of this temple, and simply admire the carved pillars, ceilings, sculptures and in the temple halls.
Even the gates are beautiful, and the torana between the pillars are carved with precision and delicate artistic details.
3.3 Shri Mahaveer Ji temple, Karauli
Shri Mahaveer Ji Temple
Shri Mahaveer Ji temple is among the most visited, and the most sacred Jain pilgrimage sites in Rajasthan. It’s constructed near a river in Karauli district in Rajasthan.
The idol of Lord Mahaveer is said to have been found during an excavation, and is said to have miraculous properties, and fulfils the wishes of a million devotees, who come here every year to have their prayers answered.
The shikharas, or pinnacles of this temple are very attractive, and in the exterior walls, there are scenes depicting chapters from Jain mythology etched and carved out of stone.
In the garbha griha, or the main chamber where the chief idol is to be found, you will find the beautiful carved out sculpture of Bhagwan Mahaveer in Padmasana i.e. sitting posture.
There are other idols of Jain tirthankaras, besides the main idol, and all are as beautiful as that of the chief idol.
There are paintings and carvings on the walls, and guest houses all around the temple for devotees to stay.
3.4 Tijara Jain Temple, Alwar
Tijara Jain Temple
Alwar is a major tourist destination of Rajasthan, and close to Alwar, is the spectacular Tijara Jain Temple. It is a major pilgrimage centre for Jain devotees, and the temple is said to be a place of miracles.
Chandraprabha was the eighth tirthankara of Jain religion, and this temple is dedicated to him.
In the temple, the idol of Chandraprabha is seated in padmasana pose, and the while marble idol is said to be so miraculous, that a mere darshan of him can drive off evil spirits that may be haunting a person.
There’s a black idol too, and it’s also as beautiful as the white one.
The superb architecture of this temple can be seen in its outer structure, and the prominent shikhara or temple spire can be seen against the blue sky, superbly carved out of stone.
All round this temple, there are innumerable pillars and in the interior, there is a prayer hall with beautiful paintings adorning the walls.
You will see scenes from Jain mythology portrayed in these paintings.
There are other temples too, besides the main temple, and they too are devoted to Jain tirthankaras.
3.5 Mahavirswami Swetamber Jain Temple, Osian
Mahavirswami Swetamber Jain Temple
Osian is a small village near Jodhpur, and it’s famous for its sand dunes and remarkable temples.
The Jain temple found here in Osian is dedicated to Bhagwan Mahaveer, and it’s called Mahavirswami Swetambar Jain Temple.
This temple is the oldest surviving Jain temples in India, and was built in 783 AD.
Even though it’s very old, the carvings you will see in the mandapa, prayer halls, ceilings and on the walls are far superior in their designs and sculptures.
There is the main idol of Mahaveer, and also those of yaksha and yakshis (male and female celestial beings), and other tirthankaras.
The temple is a architectural marvel in itself, and among the most interesting tourist sites in Rajasthan.