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Renowned for some marvellously carved Jain temples in amber stone ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the jain community, 96km from Udaipur, these temples were created in the 15th century A.D. during the regin of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. The central chaumukha or four faced temple is dedicated to the venerated trithankara Rishabhji. Open on all four sides it enshrines the four faced image of Adinath. Sprawling over 48,000 sq.feet the temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars-all distinctly carved.

Images of 24 tirthnkars are carved on the 'mandaps' or porticoes in a corridor around the shrine with each mandap having a 'shikhar' or spripe adorned the shrine with each mandap on the top. The gentle breeze wafting through the corridor move the bell creating celestial music all around the complex. Rising in three storeys, the temple has four small shrines with 80 spries supported by 420 columns.

 
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Kumbhalgarh is a historical site around 30 km north east of Ranakpur. It is an important fort in the Mewar region after Chittorgarh. Other important place to visit in Kumbhalgarh is Wildlife Sanctuary known for its wolves.

Sadri (8 km) is famous for some beautiful temples and an old Dargah of Khudabaksh Baba. The Varahavtar Temple and the Chintamani Parasvanath Temple is the most ancient of the temples situated here.

Three temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and Navi Mata are among some noteworthy temples at Desuri around 16 km from Ranakpur. An old mosque situated here is also worth a visit. A temple dedicated to Parsuram Mahadeo, nestled in the hills, is also close by.

Ghanerao abounds in Hindu temples. Most notable is the temple of Gajanand with a life-size statue of the goddesses Ridhi and Siddhi. The statue is guarded by Hanuman and Bhairon on either side.

Muchhal Mahavir Temple is situated about 5 km from Ghanerao in the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary. Its distinctive feature is the statue of Lord Mahavira with a mustache. The two statues of elephants guarding the gateways are splendid examples of architecture. In the vicinity are the Garasia tribal villages famous for their colorful costumes.


Ideas de templo de - Ranakpur
Ideas de templo de - Ranakpur

Attractions and Places to Visit in Ranakpur

The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The basement is of 48, 000 sq. feet area that covers the whole complex. 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 with 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 kg whose sound echoes in the entire complex. The main temple is of Chaumukh or four-faces temple dedicated to Adinath.

The three other Jain temples in the same complex, including a temple to the Sun God, are all well worth a visit.

The temple complex is open daily to Jains from 6 am to 8.30 pm and to non-Jains from 11 am to 5 pm. As this is a religious place all leather articles must be left at the entrance.

One kilometer away from the temple complex is the temple of Amba Mata.

How to Reach Ranakpur

By Air Nearest airport is Udaipur

By Bus From Udaipur (98 km)

By Train Ajmer to Mt. Abu route, 39 kms. from Phalna.
From Udaipur it takes 5 hours by bus.


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