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Once nominated as the strong contender for “seven wonder’s of the world”,  Ranakpur Temples are acclaimed world-wide for their intricate and superb architectural style.

The temple is an eloquent testimony to India's cultural heritage, her unique architecture and the vision and acumen of her past master artists.

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Rajasthan is famous for its rich and prolific art treasures. Some of its architectural monuments are considered among the best in the world. The Ranakpur Jain Temple excels them all as an exquisite work of art and architecture.

Located around 90kms from                            

in                           Ranakpur village

of Pali district, these temples

form one of the fivemajor

pilgrimages of the Jain community.

These are also the largest of

Jain templesin India.

Local legend has it that Dharma Shah, a local Jain businessman started construction of the temple in the year 1439 during the reign of Maharana Kumbha. Dharma Shah was a very staunch devotee of Jainism and at the age of 32 he took a vow of lifelong celibacy. One day he felt an urge to build a temple forLord Risabhadeva (also known as Adinathji, first teerthankar of Jains and founder of the Jain community). 

He had a vision of Nalinigulma Viman which is considered to be the most beautiful among the celestial planes.Dharama shah decided that the temple should resemble this heavenly Plane. After consulting hundreds of architectures his heart fell for a plan presented by an easy-going sculptor named Deepak, who promised to make the temple of Dharma Shah’s dream.

Dharma shah approached Rana Kumbha with a request to give some land for the construction of the temple. Rana not only gave the land but advised Dharma shah to build a township also near the site. The site of the old village Madgi in the valley of Mount Madri was selected for the purpose. The construction of the temple and the township began simultaneously. The town was named Ranakpur after the name of Rana Kumbha.

This temple took almost​ 65 years for construction.

The main temple is known

asChaturmukh temple, ​which has

four artistic entrances.

The Temple structure is highly

compound having four different

doorways to get into the chambers.

These chambers ultimately take visitors to the main hall where the image of Adinath is positioned. 

The four faced image also symbolizes the Tirthankara's quest for the four directions and ultimately the cosmos. The image is surrounded by many small shrines and domes.

The most outstanding feature of this temple is its infinite number of pillars. This temple can be called the
Temple of Pillars.

In whichever direction ​one might turn,

one's eyes meet​ pillars and pillars.

But the ingenious ​designer has arranged

them in such a ​manner that none​ of them

obstructs the view​ of the pilgrim wishing

to have a Darshana' (glimpse) of God.

From any corner of the​ temple one can

easily ​view the Lord's image.

The temple has 29 halls, 80 domes and the pavilions include 1444 pillars, each of them so intricately and artistically carved that they'll leave a lasting impression on you. The figures of dancing goddesses, beautifully engraved on these pillars are an absolute architectural wonder.
The best feature about these pillars is that no two pillars are alike in design and sculptures. Apart from this, another stunning fact about these pillars is that they change their color from golden to pale blue after every hour during the day.

The temple ceilings are festooned​ with foliate scrollwork and geometric​ patterns.

The upper and lower parts of the domes are linked by brackets that have deities' sculptures.

In the mandap (prayer hall), the two big bells of 108 kg each produce a harmonious sound on the movement.

In the North of this​ temple, there is a

Rayan tree (Mimusos laxandra) ​and the

foot prints of Bhagavan Rishabhadev

on a slab of marble.

This temple is wholly constructed in light colored marble and comprises a basement covering an area of 48000 sq feet.

Majestic yet in complete harmony with Mother Nature, in whose beautiful lap it rests, this magnificent monument of devotional architecture seems bathed

in celestial bliss.

The concord achieved​ between the bounteous ​generosity of Nature​ and man's creative expression of gratitude,​ stands uniquely ​symbolised in this ​Divine Creation.

Beside Chatumukh temple,

theTemple of Parshvanath is another

attraction that is ​worth visiting.

Built in the mid 15th century, the​ temple

is renowned for its ​engraved windows

embellished with Jain figures.

Parsavanath Temple is also

known as​ Patriyon Ka Mandir.

 In close proximity to this temple, you can trace two other temples dedicated to Neminath(22nd saint) and Surya Narayan (Sun God) respectively.

Here, Surya Narayan Temple has

innumerable wall projections with

circular structure.

The sight of Lord Surya driven in his

chariot of seven horses is truly pleasing. 

These grand structures rising in the middle of the desert inspires such awe that it is difficult to believe it is man made, seeming almost divine. Carved in amber stone and surrounded by lush green gardens, when viewed with the backdrop of the dry sand dunes of the desert, the temple defines ethereal beauty.
The artists who set chisel to stone have lent such a delicate grace to this old structure that world-renowned architects and sculptors have lavishly praised it as one of the wonders of the world.Every year thousands of art-lovers and spiritual seekers from all over the world come to this idyllic place.

Overall Ranakpur is known as ' The tranquil pilgrimage town'. If you are on a trip to Udaipur, don't miss this artistic wonder that would become an unforgettable part of your beautiful memories.​​

Tourist Police:-              0294-24126

Police Control Room:- 100,  0294-2414600
General Hospital:         0294 2528811

Time Zone:-GMT+5.30

Language:-   Hindi, English and Mewari

Currency:-    Indian Rupee, Other currencies can                            be changed at various authorized                              centers.

Weather:-   Summer (March to October): 40°C - 45° C
                  Winter (November to February): 12°C - 30° C


Best time to Visit:-  September to March.

Distances:-   Delhi- 670 km, Mumbai- 770 km,

                       Jaipur- 420 km, Agra- 630 km,

                      Jodhpur- 250km, Ahmedabad- 250 km

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Chaturmukh Temple - Has four entrance like this in all four direction but

entry is restricted through this main door for security reasons. Photography is allowed inside the temple but clicking images of lord Adinath is prohibited.

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