Ranakpur Temple, one of the most popular Jain temple, located at Ranakpur, Pali district of Rajasthan.
Ranakpur Jain temple is dedicated to Tirthankara Adinatha, Where Adinatha is the traditional founder of Jainism and Tirthankara refers to a person who has conquered samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth, and can provide a bridge for Jains to follow them from samsara to liberation.
The temple is believed to be built by Dharma Shah, a local Jain businessperson, in the 15th century.
Ranakpur Jain temple is built in a Maru-Gurjara style of architecture, which exhibits the Excellency of Rajasthani craft men of ancient era, which possess two eminent styles Maha-Maru and Maru-Gurjara.
In both Maha-Maru and Maru-Gurjara styles, architecture is handled sculpturally.
The temple covers an area of about 3720 meters and the temple is constructed using light colored marbles.
The temple is supported with 1444 marble pillars, where each of the pillars differs from the other.
The temple contains a special feature that it rises majestically with distinct temple towers like shikhara, turrets and cupolas.
The temple has a rocking sculpture of 108 heads of snakes and numerous unending tails, which is made of single marble rock.
The temple and the increased images of the temple indicate the Tirthankara’s conquest of the four cardinal directions.
Ranakpurtempleis constructed in a way that it faces four cardinal directions. And hence also called as cosmos.
The architecture excellence and outstanding stone carvings of Ranakpurtemple is associated with the Mirpur Jain Temple at Mirpur in Rajasthan.
The temple remains open from 12.00 noon to 05.00 pm.
HoliFestival – March
Location and Transportation
The Nearest Airport is Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur (93 kms).Indian Airlines flights connect Udaipur with Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi.
Nearest station is Falna (Pali) and Udhaipur which is connected with major cities.
Ranakpur is well-connected to many big cities via roads and a dense network of regular buses available from places like Chittorgarh, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Mumbai and Indore to reach the shrine.
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