Temple of Vimala Sah, on Mount Abu
Lithographer: Dibdin, Thomas Colman (1810-1893)
Medium: Lithograph, coloured
This is plate 9 from James Fergusson's book 'Ancient Architecture in Hindoostan'. This lithograph is based on a sketch made by Fergusson when he visited the Dilwara temples at Mount Abu, Rajasthan. The Adinatha Templel, also known as the Vimala Vasahi Temple, was founded in 1032AD by Vimala, a minister of the Solanki ruler Bhima I. It is dedicated to the Jain teacher and prophet Tirthankara Adinatha. The temple is set in tp a hillside, but as if to make up for its plain exterior its interior is made out of elaborately carved white marble. The vaults of the ceiling have sculpted rows of dancers, musicians, soldiers, elephants and horses set in medallions, with brackets carved as seductive maidens.