All these shrines belong to different centuries. The first two are build wholly of white marble, they have got exuberant carvings and
ornamentation work on the walls, doors, pillars, mandaps, torans, ceilings etc.. The designs depict life stories of Jain Tirthankars, scenes of Gods and Goddesses and great men from Jain and great
Hindu mythology. The most famous of these are the Vimal Vasahi and Luna Vasahi temples.
Vimal Vasahi (Shri Adi Nathji temple)
Vimal Vasahi Temple was built in 1021 by Vimal Shah, the minister and
commander in chief of Bhima Dev I, Solanki ruler of Gujarat. Vimal Shah was remorseful and spent the rest of his life in
religious discourse at Chandravati (near Abu road); inspired by Jain Acharaya, to wash out his sins perpetrated in the battle fields,
with the blessings of tutelary deity Ambika, constructed this temple.
It took 1500 artisans and 1200 laborers a time span of 14 years to build this brilliant piece of architecture. The
whole shrine covers an area of 140 ft. long and 90 ft. broad. As we enter the temple we get a glimpse of the grandeur of sculptured marble,
exquisite carvings of ceilings, domes, pillars and arches of the temple which is beyond anyone's expectations. It has a sanctum, a Gudha Mandap,
Navchowki, Rang Mandap and a circumambulatory corridor having 57 cells. In each cell , image of one or the other Jain Tirthankar is installed.
In front of every cell, double carved roofs are screened by double arcade of pillars. Cell numbers are marked and the name of the idol installed in it is also written.
Indian Postal Department has issued a stamps on World famous Jain Temples of DILWARA on 14th Oct. 2009.
This multicolored stamps depicts images of the Temples along with the unique architectures of the Temples.