Dilwara Jain Temple 3 kms:
Mount Abu was an important Vaishnava and Shaivite pilgrim center up to the 11th century. Today, it is recognized the world over for it's magnificent Jain temples. No visit to Abu can be complete without a trip to the famed Dilwara temples. These temples are the greatest draw of Abu, apart from its salubrious clime. Half hidden by mango groves their sober exterior belies the wealth of their interior ornamentation. Wondrously carved in marble, the Dilwara temples enshrine various Jain Tirthankaras, saints. Built between the 11th and 13th century, are famous for their superb carvings in marble.
Vimal Vasahi is the oldest temple, was built by Vimal Shah, Minister of Solanki ruler of Gujarat in 1031 A.D. It is dedicated to Adinatha, the first of the Jain Tirthankaras. Constructed out of white marble from Arasoori Hill, near Amba Ji, 23 km from Abu Road, It is an outstanding example of Jain temple architecture.
The central shrine has an image of Rishabdev and large courtyard with 52 small shrines, each housing a beautiful statue of Thirthankars with 48 elegantly carved pillars from the entrance to the courtyard.
The Vasahi Temple, dedicated to me 22nd Tirthankara. - Neminath was built in 1231 A.D by two brothers - Vastupal and Tejpal, Minister of Raja Virdhavala, a ruler of Gujarat belonging to the Porwal Jain community.
The door casings, friezes, architraves, pillars, the sculptures of porticos, are astonishing in their workmanship.
Rewards in the from of silver and gold equivalent to the weight of marble covered, were offered to the laborer. A great deal of inspiration, devotion, love and encouragement was involved in the construction of this temple.
The most striking feature of this Jain temple built in the Solanki style of architecture is the marble pendant in the dome of the porch. It drops from the ceiling like an enchanting cluster of half-open lotuses with cups so finely carved that they appear to be transparent.
Adhar Devi Temple 2 km
This is a beautiful temple chiselled out of a huge rock, formed by a natural cleft. It is also known as the Arbuda Devi Temple. A climb of 360 steps up the hill, leads to the place where homage to the Goddess can be paid. It is believed that the image of the Goddess was originally hanging in mid air, hence the name Adhar Devi.
Gaumukh Temple (Vashistha’s Ashram)
Many sages and seers had their retreat on Mt. Abu, the most famous being sage Vashistha. To regenerate the human race, he performed a `yagna’ or magic fire from which were corn the Agnikula clans of Chauhans, Solankis, Parmars and Pratihars. A natural spring that flows out through a sculpted cow’s head, gives the shrine its name.
Nearby is the marble image of Nandi-the bull which was rescued by the mighty serpent `Arbuda’ Carved out of a rock, the hill temple of Arbuda lies against a picturesque back drop. It is accessible by car or jeep up to 3 kms. From where 750 steps have to be covered on foot.
Shri Raghunathji Temple
Situated near Nakki Lake the temple is dedicated to Shri Raghunathji or Lord Rama and has a beautiful image of the deity that was placed here in 14th century AD by Shri Ramanandji, the famous Hindu preacher.
Achalgarh 10 km
This fort built by Rana Kumbha in the 14th century is 10 km. from Abu, along a motor able road up to Achalgarh. Some beautiful temples enclosed in this fort are Achaleswar Mahadev Temple is the Mandakini Kund and a sculpture of Parmar Dharavarash. Other temples are of Meena and Chamundi.