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"Jain Temples" 500 to 1000 years old

Gujarat, India

Hi everyone, this is my first blog ever. So if you feel its not well written please forgive me. My main intention behind writing it is that I want to share this wonderful trip with all who find it interesting. This trip of mine, which I am mentioning here, was one of those instances when there is Gold beneath you and you look elsewhere.
I live in Ahmedabad (State : Gujarat) , India. “Diwali” is a big festival in India. This time we decided to celebrate it in a ‘different’ way. No celebration…no sweets……no visiting relatives…..no crowded malls ( I hate them). We literally (me along with my parents, younger sister, my aunt and my cousin) ran away from Ahmedabad. We left for a different world, a very quiet past, to the 15th century temple ruins of Abhpur, a village about 2 and a half hours from here.
On the way we passed through the beautiful jungles of “Vireshwar”, I couldn’t keep my eyes off the forest, there was so much of India in it, so much like the ones we read about in books with peacocks and tigers roaming in them, I felt like an Indian prince on one of those hunting rounds.
The entrance to those ruins, all still intact, itself spoke of the grandeur we were going to witness inside. We all were transferred to the 15th Century. Such was the grandeur of the place I started feeling very stupid in my modern clothes. These “Jain(a sect of Hindu) Temples” were built by “Solanki” kings on the banks of “Harnav” river. The temples also have a very distinct “Muslim” influence and it is a great example of how people must have enjoyed Secularism in those early times. The temples are made of Red-stone and Marble. The site was littered with broken parts of the temple with marvelous carvings on them.
The first temple had very little, only the base (as you can see in the photo), remaining of it. But the “Kund” ( a place where the devotees take a dip to clean themselves before entering the temple ) was in quite good condition. A little further from it is the second temple. The left part of the temple has Muslim influence whereas the right part has Jain influence and it seems as if a mosque and a temple have been joined. Further into the left of the temple are huge pillars making a circle (it used to support a big dome once which no longer exists). The huge hole which the dome has left talks of the knowledge and precision in Geometry so long back. The carvings inside of the temple left us speechless. We spent most of the afternoon at this place. In the evening it was time to leave (with a heavy heart back to city life).
This is all of it, I guess the seqence of photographs in my photo gallery themselves tell much of the story and i suggest you see them !...thanks for reading.

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