Arthuna as well as its surrounding areas have clusters of ruined Hindu and Jain temples belonging to the 11th, 12th and the 15th centuries. Among the dilapidated ruins is a beautifully carved conjugated statue of Shiva, Parvati and Ganesh. Lankiya village around Arthuna has Shaivite temples called Nilkanth Mahadev Temples. The temple is an old stone temple having beautiful intricate carvings and sculpted figures of women embedded in the outer walls. The bull Nandi (Lord Shiva’s faithful vehicle) stands guard at the entrance in the temple porch.
This old Digamber Jain Nasiyaji Atishaya Kshetra exist on a beautiful Hill which is located 1 km ahead in south of ‘Amaravati’ (now named as Arthuna). Amaravati is a historical place and is famous throughout India for art. There are 49 idols in Padmasana and Khadgasana posture. These have been carved on stone and belong to V.S. 1100 to 1200 as per inscriptions on idols. The whole environment gets aromatic by saffron shower on idols from sky at some times
Legend and Architecture
Arthuna was once the capital of Paramaras who ruled over the state of Vagad. Paramaras were originally the rulers of the Malwa region in the 11th century. One of the most famous Paramara king was Raja Bhoja, a great patron of Sanskrit.
The Mandaleswar Temple, built in 1080AD by a Paramara king called Chamunda Raja, is another noteworthy one dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple has some insciptions and sculpted figures, a common feature in ancient Hindu and Jain temples. However, the temple’s uniqueness lies in its fully decorated ceiling which resembles those of the Dilwara Temples at Mount Abu. Other nameless temples within the periphery also have some marvellous sculptures and figures on their exterior walls.
These temples stand out for their exquisite images of intricately sculpted figures of women in different poses found on the exterior walls. However, various portions of these exquisite temples have been bluntly repaired with bricks. Andheshwar and Kalinjara are the other famous Jain temples.
Location and Transport
This miraculous place is situated at a distance of 1 km from Arthuna Village which is on Udaipur-Anandpuri Line.
By Road: - Buses & Taxis are available from Banswara to Arthuna via Partapur. Buses for Banswara are available from Ratlam, Udaipur, Dahod, and Ahmedabad.
Train: - Alight at Ratlam or Dahod on Mumbai-Delhi Rail line to reach Banswara through Roadway.
Airport: - Udaipur – 160 km
Banswara (Raj.) 55 km
Udaipur (Raj.) 160 km
Dahod (Guj.) 100 km
Ratlam (M.P.) 140 km
The temples of Arthuna are Digamber Jain Temple surrounded with mountains and green farms and the whole environment are quite natural.
Timings and Facilities:
6 AM to 8 PM
Digamber Jain Dharmashala Arthuna 5 Rooms, Mess facility is available.
Others: - Jain food is available in village and on Bus-Stand as well.
Annual Gathering :
Magasir Krishna – 1 (Nasiyaji Fair)
Chaitra Shukla – 1 (Holi Fair)