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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
These are also the largest of
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
He had a vision of Nalinigulma Viman which is considered to be the most beautiful among the celestial planes.
Dharma shah approached Rana Kumbha with a request to give some land for the construction of the temple. Rana not only gave the
This temple took almost 65 years for construction.
The main temple is known
The Temple structure is
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,
But the ingenious designer has arranged
From any corner of the
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 North of this temple, there is a
Rayan tree (Mimusos
This temple is wholly constructed in light colored marble and comprises a basement covering an area of 48000 sq feet.
The concord achieved between the bounteous generosity of Nature and man's creative expression of gratitude
Beside Chatumukh temple,
Built in the mid 15th century, the temple
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
The sight of Lord Surya driven in his
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
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
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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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