Ranakpur - Magnificent Jain Temple
Ranakpur is famous for its magnificent Jain temples supported by 1,444 intricately detailed marble pillars. Lying in a remote valley on the west of the Aravali range in Pali district, Ranakpur is the largest and one of the most important pilgrim site of Jains.
The Jain community enjoyed the patronage of the Rajput rulers in Rajasthan; Seth Dharna Sah built the Ranakpur Jain temples in 1439 AD with aid provided by Rana Kumbha, the ruler of Mewar. An inscription found on a pillar near the temple suggest, that it was designed by an architect named Deepaka and took 65 years to finish. This temple is dedicated to Lord Adinatha. Also known as Rishabdev, Lord Adinatha was the first of the 24 Jain Tirthankars.
An imposing flight of stairs leads to the main temple. From outside it looks like an arrangement of smaller towers with the typical red and white Jain flag with tinker-bells. Spread over an area of 48,000 square feet, the temple has 24 pillared halls. The temple has four entrances, symbolising the Tirthankara’s conquest of four cardinal directions. The four entrances lead to chambers which themselves lead to the main hall. In the main hall lies the image of Adinatha.
As the sun light moves over the temple its columns appear to change colour from white, to bluish to golden. It
Nearby Destinations / Attractions :
Nearest Airport : Udaipur Airport (110 km / 2.5 hrs)
Best time to visit and Climate :
Best time to visit is during the winter, spring & monsoonmonths when the weather is glorious and the lakes are full. May and june months are extremely hot and the lakes dry up.
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