Vimala Vasahi Temple is one among the five ancient Jain temples situated at Dilwara
. It is just 2.5 km from Mount Abu
, the only hill station in Rajasthan
. It is the first Jain temple of Dilwara built by Vimal Shah, a minister of Raja Bhimdeo, in 1021 AD. The temple enshrines a beautiful gold-brass alloy idol of Adinath
, the first of 24 Jain Tirthankars
Vimala Vasahi Temple resembles the Kashmiri Sun Temple
. The entire temple is carved out of white marble. The temple stands in an open courtyard defined by 58 subordinate cells containing small icons bearing Adinathís image as in the main shrine. Most noteworthy feature of the temple is its richly carved circular ceiling in 11 concentric rings. The ceiling is richly carved with elaborate designs of lotus-buds, petals, flowers, geometrical designs and scenes depicting incidents from the Jain and Hindu mythologies.
Abu Road Railway station, on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Ajmer-Jaipur-Delhi route, is the nearest railhead.