Mount Abu: Oasis in Rajasthan

Mount Abu, till about the 11th century, was an important Vaishnav and Shaivite pilgrim centre, but is today recognised more as a Jain pilgrim centre.

More than the weather, vegetation and mythological importance, it is these Jain Temples that allure lakhs of visitors to Abu. Partly hidden by mango groves, the shrine’s sober exterior belies the wealth of its interior ornamentation.

The temple has profusion in marble carvings and may even pose a challenge to the Taj Mahal. It exhibits how the marble can be carved in innumerable ways. Marble seems to overflow in the pillars.

Every inch of the temple is carved, from doorways and lintels to ceilings, pillars and walls.

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