Timings: Open from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Major Airports: Jodhpur Airport Best time: October to March
The temples are dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Shambhavdevji, two of the famous Tirthankars associated with Jainism. There are seven temples in all in the cluster and the architecture created in similar lines to the famous Dilwara Temple is fantastic.
Each of the temples has a tale associated with it, and people interested in history have a field day observing the sculptures and listening to the tales. The mandapa along with the curved pillars is worth a look at the very first temple of Chandraprabhu while the smaller Parasnath temple behind it is characterised by an upright image of the Tirthankara on the top. The next temple has the image encrusted with eight precious gemstones with the Sambhavnath or a courtyard opening in the northern end of the complex.
The priests of the temple grind sandalwood paste in this area in preparation for their daily rituals. Additional information can be found at the adjoining Gyan Bhandar, the underground library constructed in 1500 AD, that has many ancient texts and manuscripts preserved here. Shantinath & Kunthunath are the last of the temples featuring erotic sculptures. It is necessary to remove the footwear and keep the leather accessories outside before entering the temple complex though. It is important to know that the standard timings are meant for the tourists while the worshippers can gain entry throughout the day.
There is no fee for Indians. The foreigners are charged Rs 50 for visiting the temples while carrying a camera is allowed for an additional charge of Rs 50 too.