The Dilwara Temple at Mount Abu stand in a beautiful green valley surrounded by forested hills of the Aravali range. This is the only hill resort in Rajasthan. Abu named after Arbuda, one of the sons of the Himalayas and in ancient times it was a center of Shiva worship. It became a Jain center in the 11th century with the building of the Dilwara temples. The sage Vasishtha is said to have built an ashram here and some of the royal Rajput clans claim they were created from the holy yagnya fire lit here by him. These Jain temples have by far the finest examples of the art of the Rajasthani sculptor.
Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan, which is also a holy site for Jains and Hindus as it has many temples. A complex made of marble is special in this temple complex, which known for its abundance of temples. It is called Dilwara Temple Complex.
There are five temples in the Dilwara temple complex. Dilwara Temple at Mount Abu is at a distance of about 2.5 km from Mount Abu in the Sirohi district of Rajasthan. These temples reflect the changing history of the region. These five temples built at different times during the reign of different dynasties.
Mount Abu is the most sacred place for Jains. It believed that the 24th Tirthankara Mahavir came here as a beggar. Mount Abu mentioned in the Rig Veda and Skanda Purana as Arbuda.
History of Dilwara Temple
The history of this region begins with the reign of Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Maurya dynasty, who ruled from 321 to 297 BC. Later in the second century, it ruled by the Western satraps. Between the 4th to the 6th century, this region came under the Gupta dynasty. During the 7th and 13th centuries, it ruled by dynasties like the Pratiharas, Solankis and Parmars.