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  Delwara, a Jain temple complex
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      Delwara, a Jain temple complex
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  • Delwara, a Jain temple complex - State of Rajasthan
      Delwara, a Jain temple complex
    by darthmilmo
 

We next paid a visit to Delwara, a Jain temple complex. There are only 5 temples here, yet the intricate carved marble is far more beautiful then any of the ones I saw in Palitana. Unfortunately, Delwara is more of a tourist attraction for the non Jain. You are only allowed in at certain times so you don't get to see the Jain pilgrims or feel the connection with the true purpose of the place. Nevertheless, it is a rewarding visit. On the right as you enter lies the rather austere Chaumukha Temple. This gives was to the Adinatha Temple, the most impressive Jain temple of the group. Notice behind as you enter the Hastishaba (elephant portico) with several large elephant statues. As you enter and walk around this temple, you are awe by the high quality marble carvings, particularly seen in the many figures around the walls and in the ceiling. The small Digambara Temple lies right outside. This gives room to the large Neminatha Temple. It has an interesting carved lotus on the ceiling. The last temple is the Risah Deo Temple. Although unfinished, it does have a huge 4+ meter A Tirthankar image made out of brass, gold, silver, copper, and zinc.

We then headed up to Guru Shikhur, the highest peak in the area at 1,720 meters above sea level. En route, we stopped at Achaleshwar Temple, a Hindu temple that is believed to have Siva's toe print. The huge Nandi bull is made out of brass. We continued on to the top of Guru Shikhar, were we had to climb another 300 steps to the top, which has a Vishnu temple. The clouds had cleared a bit so it allowed an excellent view of the valley below. Our last stop was at sunset point down below near town, but this being Monsoon season and all meant that there was nothing to admire. The clouds were too thick to allow for a nice sunset.

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  • Written Nov 21, 2005
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