Jain Temples of Jaisalmer

The Jain Temples of Jaisalmer are a cluster of temples dating back to the 12th and 15th century. The temples, dedicated to two Jain Tirthankars (hermits) – Rikhabdevji and Shambhavdevji – are popular pilgrimage destinations. As is characteristic of any structure in Jaisalmer, these temples too, are built of yellow sandstone. The Dilwara style of architecture is borrowed from the famous Dilwara Temples at Mount Abu, a hill station popular among tourists and pilgrims. The walls of the ancient temples are beautifully decorated with intricate carvings. One can sit quietly within the complex and feel at peace. One can also visit the Gyan Bhandar Library. Students of comparative archaeology, or anyone else looking for knowledge, will delight in browsing through some of the rare manuscripts preserved here.

The Jain Temples in Jaisalmerare marvelous treasures of the desert city. Having archaeological value as well as religious sentiments associated with it. Dating back to the 12th and 15th century, these temples have intricate designs on it. Dedicated to different Tirthankars of Jains, the temples are holy pilgrimage and treasure troves for tourist with interest in history and religion. All the temples are built from the golden-yellow Jaisalmeri stone the city is so famous for. Themonuments are connected with each other. The seven beautiful temples seem like a mazeto the casual visitor. Every corner every temple have their own intriguing tales to tell.

The temples are dedicated to Chandraprabhu, Rishabhdev, Sambhavnath and Parshvanath.They are engraved with most impressive carvings. Savor the fine sculptures around the walls, protected by glass cabinets, and pillars beautifully sculpted with celestial women and gods. Parshvanath temple has a beautifully carved entrancecrowning in an image of the Jain Tirthankara at its apex. Shitalnath temple dedicated to the 10th Tirthankara, whose image is combination of eight precious metals. The Sambhavanth temple is used as a devotional and meditation site by Jain pilgrims and devotees. The Gyan Bhandar which is a fascinating, tiny, underground library founded in 1500 is also housed among the temples. Here priceless ancient texts and manuscripts are collected. The remaining two temples, Shantinath and Kunthunath, were built in 1536 and feature plenty of sensual carvings.