Ranakpur

Ranakpur - The Jain Temples

Ranakpur is located in the mountain ranges of Pali district, 23 kms away from the Phalna railway station. Ranakpur is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams and the heart capturing views drive away any fatigue of the journey. The Ranakpur Jain Temple were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kgs whose sound echoes in the entire complex.

Jain Temple Ranakpur : Ranakpur is located in the mountain ranges of Pali district, 23 kms away from the Phalna railway station. Ranakpur is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams and the heart capturing views drive away any fatigue of the journey.

The Ranakpur Jain Temple were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kgs. Whose sound echoes in the entire complex.

In the heart of the remote and enchanting valley of the Aravalli mountain range, skirting the rivulet Maghai, stands, in solemn grandeur, the Chaturmukh Jain Temple of Rishabhadev or The Ranakpur Jain Temple. This three-storeyed marble edifice, which is placed on a lofty plinth, is enveloped in the solitude of the surrounding forest. This majestic monument of devotional architecture seems bathed in celestial bliss.

Rajasthan is famous for its architectural monuments. In the regular circuit map of the tourists feature the renowned Jain temples at Mount Abu and Delwara. The Ranakpur Temple is at a distance of about 96 kms from Udaipur. It is probably the most complex and extensive of Jain temples in India, covering 40,000 square feet (3600 mtrs). There are buses and private taxis connecting Ranakpur from Udaipur.

The construction of the temple, which had begun in 1446, Vikram Samvat, (roughly 600 years ago) took more than fifty years, to complete. It is estimated that about ninety-nine lakhs of rupees were spent on the construction of the temple.

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