Jain Temples of Jaisalmer are located within the Jaisalmer
Fort,is one of the essential tourist attractions in Jaisalmer
Rajasthan. These temples are very old and high pilgrimage as
well as archeological value is attached with these temples. On
the walls of the temples, animal & human figures are there ,
carved in well-known Dilwara style.
The Jain temples were constructed in the 12th century. They
are known for their wonderful work of art and architecture.
The walls are built out of yellow sandstone and have intricate
designs on them. The Jain temples echo a sense of peace and
calmness. The field of the temple is decorated by an Amalak
and a wonderful water vase that contains a lotus. Due to
antisocial insurgency the temple was under ruins but Seth
Tharu Shah rebuilt it in the year 1615. The idol of
Parshvanath lies within the iner region of the temple. This
idol is built out of black stone having multiple hoods in the
shape of serpents.
These temples are constructed in the Dilwara style that is
prominent all over the world for its architecture. The style
got its name from the well-known 'Dilwara Temples' located on
Mount Abu, a well-known Hill station and pilgrimage
destination in Rajasthan. The Jain temples in the Jaisalmer
Fort dates back to 12th and 15th centuries and are devoted to
Rikhabdevji and Shambhavdev Ji, the well-known Jain hermits
known as 'Tirthankars'. The Jain temples possess the idols of
the gods Rikhabdevji and Sambhavnathji.Like all other
structures in Jaisalmer, these temples are craved of yellow
sandstones. The magnificently carves ornamentations on the
wall will give you divine peace.
The temple complex is open through out the morning till
12noon, for the visitors. So try to get up a bit early or you
might miss this magnificence. The Gyan Bhandar library
attached to one of the Jain temples is also another tourist
spot within the fort. It is said to have been the storeroom of
a large number of texts and ancient scripts. These texts tell
the story of the Jain temples.