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Dilwara Jain Temples
These world-renowned temples are the greatest draw of Mount Abu. The exteriors
are quite simple and one is quite unprepared for the splendor of the interior
that awaits. The main group consists of five temples wh9ich are marvels in white
marble, constructed between 11th and 13th centauries. These temples are known
for their rich intricate carvings, it is art at its best, and one is not able
to believe that these are work of human hands. The temples of Vimal Shah and
the temple of Vastupala and Tejapala are of particular interest.
Temple of Vimal Sah:
Popularly known as Vimal Vasahi, it was built by Vimahl Sah (an officer of the
Chalukya King BhimaI) and dedicated to the Adnath or Rishabdeo. It stands within
a quadrangular court and houses a shrine with a large brazen image of Adinath
preceded in front by a Mandapa (portico) supported by 48 pillars. The eight
central pillars form and octagon holding up a dome with its circular rims and
richly carved pendant like roof.
Amba Devi shrine in the south west of the quadrangle is believed to be older
than the temple itself. On the right side of the entrance is the Hathi Khana
or elephant room consisting of a life size statue of Vimal Sah.
Temple of Vastupala & Tejapala:
Built in the 13th century, commonly known as Luna Vasahi, this temple is dedicated
to Neminatha, the twenty second Jain Tirthankara. The pattern of arrangement
of the sanctum and statues is almost similar to the temple of Vimal Sah.
The remaining three temples of this complex, one is across the road and is not
important architecturally, the Chaumukha temple s dedicated to Parasavanath,
the adinath temple with a bell and chain decoration on the pillars are the other
The cozy little hill resort throbs around this artificial lake, believed to
be dug out by the god's with their nails (nakh), and thus the name Nakki. The
town forms an amphitheatre around this lake, doted with little islets. Boats,
Shikaras and paddle boats are available for rowing on this beautiful lake.
Toad Rock :
Rock carved by nature, overhangs the placid waters and it seems, as if the toad
like rock is ready to dive into the blue waters of the lake.
Temple of Raghunathji:
The great preacher Ramananji is believed to have installed the image of Shri
Raghunathji ( Lord Rama) over here in the 14th century, it is situated near
Sunset Point :
South-west of Nakki Lake , this splendid sunset offers a great view during the
dusk hours, when the entire horizon is painted in a crimson color. The view
of the lush plains is breathtaking.
Honeymoon Point :
Also known as the Andra Point, view of the verdant valley and superb plains
is awe inspiring, especially during the sunset time.
Gau Mukh :
Near the Nakki, this holy spot has an old tank which gets water from a spout,
shaped like a cow`s head, hence the name Gau Mukh. Temple of Vashishtha, and
a fire pit, where Agnikula Rajputs are also said to have been created, are a
quite old and interesting site here.
Om Shanti Bhawan:
Also known as the Universal Peace Hall, it is the Brahma Kumari`s World Spirituality
University. It has a big hall without any pillars and can accommodate up to
Adhar Devi or Arbuda Devi Temple :
This magnificent temple is approached though a flight of 360 steps. This temple
is chiseled out of a huge rock.
Gardens & Parks :
There are many well laid out lush gardens and parks blooming with flowers in
this hill city, the prominent amongst them are Gandhi Park, Municipal Park,
Shaitan singh Park & Terrace Garden.
Mount Abu Sanctuary:
This wildlife sanctuary is spread over288 sq. km. The lush green scenic landscape
is dominated by the sub-tropical evergreen forests, one can cool refreshing
breeze loaded with the fragrance of wild roses and jasmine here.
This sanctuary has a treasure rich varied with fauna as well as flora. The key
animals are the leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, Sambar, Chinkara and Langur.
More than 250 species of exotic birds can be observed. The most important among
them is the gray jungle fowl, making it a pilgrimage for the bird watchers.
Mount Abu City Guide, Rajasthan Cities Guide