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Within the Jaisalmer Fort walls, there are seven Jain Temples exquisitely carved in yellow sandstone & built between the 12th and 15th centuries. The cluster of temples is connected by a series of corridors and walkways. "As the Jain often walk barefoot to their temples and cover their mouths with a cloth to stop the inhalation of insects, their temples were built in groups, to make the pilgrimage easier. This also gave each temple an identity of its own despite being part of a cluster." Shoes and all leather items must be removed before entering the temple.

These places of tourist interest are dedicated to 1st and 3rd Jain Tirthankar Rikhabdev and Sambhavnath. The most famous among them is the Ashtapadhi Jain temple. A vast chain of corridors connects these temples. Numbering seven in total, these Jain temples in Jaisalmer are built and looked after by the followers of Swetambar Sect. They house some of the most attractive stone sculptures. The first temple one would come around is the one dedicated to Chandraprabhu, the eighth tirthankar (Jain Teacher), whose symbol is the moon. To its right is the Rikhabdev temple. There are some fine sculptures around the walls protected by glass cabinets, and the pillars are beautifully sculpted with apsaras (Celestial Maiden) and gods. This temple has a lovely and tranquil atmosphere.

One of the most splendid works of art is the Parswanath temple, with the dome adorned by beautiful water vases that contains a lotus. The walls of this exquisite shrine is carved with the engravings of animals, gods, dancers, apsaras and humans. Tried to capture the brilliant sculptures differently rather than the conventional 'all-focussed' approach! Would be eager to have your feedback!

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