to the legend, the builder Vimal Shah constructed 360 temples and
dedicated them all to the 23rd Thirthankar by name Parasvanath at
Kumbharia, about 3 kms off Ambaji, a shrine as popular as Tirupati
Balaji temple for Gujaratis. And Ambica was his house-hold deity and
the Guardian Goddess of- Gujaratis. At a particular ceremonial
ritual, Ambica was displeased and ordered him to fly for life.
Apprehending formidable consequence,, he plunged into the crypt of
Ambaji temple and emerged unscathed at Abu running all along the
subterranean passage. Ambica's anger was appeased only when he
destroyed all but 5 of 360 temples. baler, when Her anger was.
subsided, she advised him in dream to build a temple at Dilwara and
dedicate it to the first Tirthankar, Sri Adinath. Though dc-lighted,
lie had to please an impudent Paratnara ruler in whose domain Abu
lay then. In addition, the king was a sectarian, avers, to Jainism.
Knowing the greed-the Achilles heel of the king, a pretentious
theist, he offered to cover the ground lie needed for building the
temple with silver coins. It was a temptation too powerful and
irresistible for the lewd king to withstand. The offer got royal
sanction, and soon thousands of persons-technical and non-technical
immersed an the divine task of construction, consuming billions and
millions of rupees for getting the present shape a master piece in
stone making even Viswakarma, the celestial architect gape and gaze
and leave the precincts with heavy heart, muttering, "I could
have designed the heavenly mansions better, if I had seen this group
before I started".