The Jain temples are a set of seven temples. All seven of these temples have tranquil hallways along with delicate stone work done in each of these. These Jain Temples are located inside the Jaisalmer Fort. The most well known amongst these temples is the Parsvanath Temple, which is considered to be the largest in size and has some of the finest carvings. All seven of these Jain Temples located inside the fort are carved in yellow sandstone, and were originally built in the 15th-16th centuries.
The Parsvanath Temple, has been dedicated to the 22nd Tirthankara, and is known to be the most impressive. One can enter from a carved torana which has an image of Parsvanath at its pinnacle. In the mandapa, one can see the ceiling which has a sculpture of a demon-like head with five bodies. As you walk around, one feels the head seems to connect, in turn, with each body. The tiny Gyan Bhandar, which is located under the dimly-lit Sambhavanath Temple and one, can see hundreds of antique, valuable palm-leaf manuscripts and paintings are preserved very nicely here.
The Chandraprabhu Temple located close by is dedicated to the eighth Tirthankara. One can see many beautiful sculptures in the Rishabhdev Temple especially one can see the apsaras on its pillars. Shitalnath, Shantinath and Kunthanath are the other temples. There is an entry fee of Rs 10 for Indians, Rs 10 per person for foreign tourists, Rs 50 per still camera and Rs 100 per camcorder. The temples can be visited on all days of the week from 8:00 AM - 12:00 P. M.
|Visit Duration||45 minutes to 1 hour|