Photographer's Note

I've heard recently that photography is no longer allowed in the Dilwara temples on Mount Abu. In light of this, I will be posting more of my photos taken in 1985, to share this wonder of Indian artistic achievement.

The ceiling of one bay on the grid. The scale of these temples is actually quite small. This ceiling panel is perhaps 1m by 2m.

I've cropped this to a panoramic format, so check out the "Large Version" to see the incredible detail of these sculptures.

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The Jain Dilwara temples of India are located about 2½ kilometers from Mount Abu, Rajasthan's only hill station. These temples built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD are world famous for their stunning use of marble. The five legendary marble temples of Dilwara are a sacred pilgrimage place of the Jains. Some consider them to be one of the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites in the world. The marble temples have an opulent entranceway. The simplicity in architecture may remind one that Jainism has always encouraged honesty and frugality. The temples are in the midst of a range of forested hills. A high wall shrouds the temple complex.

Although the Jains built some beautiful temples at other places in Rajasthan, some believe that none come close to these in terms of architectural perfection. The ornamental detail spreading over the minutely carved ceilings, doorways, pillars and panels is simply marvellous.

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