Ranakpur Jain Tem­ple – Di­vine Place to Ex­pe­ri­ence the Jain­ism

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Ranakpur Jain tem­ple is a beau­ti­ful and fine ar­chi­tect tem­ple in Ra­jasthan. Ranakpur tem­ple is a fa­mous Jain tem­ple in Ra­jasthan lo­cated near Sadri town in Pali district, Ra­jasthan. The fa­mous at­trac­tion of this tem­ple is 1444 pil­lars and ar­chi­tec­ture lev­els.

Ranakpur is the fa­mous tem­ple in one of the five Jain­ism cen­ters. Let’s know the rea­sons be­hind the Ranakpur tem­ple why it at­tracts a large num­ber of tourists.

His­tory of Ranakpur Jain Tem­ple

This fa­mous Jain Tem­ple was con­structed by a Jain busi­ness­man Dharna Sah in the 15th cen­tury. Through his dream, he de­cided to build a Jain tem­ple which was ded­i­cated to the first Tirthankara Lord Ad­i­nath. Dharna Sah got per­mis­sion for the con­struc­tion of the tem­ple from the ruler of Udaipur Rana Kumbha. But in re­turn, he wanted to name the tem­ple af­ter his name. That’s why the tem­ple got the name as Ranakpur.

The ruler of Udaipur, Rana Kumbha do­nated 48,000 sq feet for the tem­ple. Dharna Sah beau­ti­fully carved the tem­ple with dif­fer­ent ar­chi­tec­tural skills. The in­ter­est­ing thing about the tem­ple is it was in the form of ce­les­tial ve­hi­cle. Nearly, 50 years has taken to com­plete this tem­ple.

Ranakpur tem­ple is the best Jain tem­ple with dif­fer­ent ar­chi­tec­tural skills and sculp­tures.

Even this tem­ple was in­vaded by the Mughals and once it was used as the home for da­coit. Af­ter some days, it was re-dis­cov­ered and ren­o­vated for tourist at­trac­tions and har­mony. This tem­ple was en­rolled as the nom­i­nee of the new seven won­ders of the world.

There are many at­trac­tions in Ranakpur Jain tem­ple like ar­chi­tec­tural styles, dif­fer­ent tem­ples, sculp­tures, etc. The main at­trac­tion of this tem­ple is ar­chi­tec­tural style and fine carv­ings on the walls. Ma­jor at­trac­tion of this tem­ple is the Chau­mukha mar­ble tem­ple.

Mar­ble Won­der

The mar­ble won­der of Ranakpur Jain tem­ple is the Chau­mukha tem­ple. The name Chau­mukha means four faces (Chau-four and Mukha-faces). This is a three-sto­ried beau­ti­ful build­ing with unique and in­ter­est­ing fea­tures by Dharna Sah. The unique fea­ture is when you en­ter the tem­ple you will feel cool and chill. The cre­ator of this tem­ple Dharna Sah built this tem­ple in the form of Nalin­igu­lum Vi­mana it means a ce­les­tial ve­hi­cle.

As said be­fore the tem­ple has four door­ways. The in­ter­est­ing thing about these door­ways

is you can use any­one but you will end up in the court­yard. The fa­mous at­trac­tion of this tem­ple was the four-faced idol of Lord Ad­i­nath. The four di­men­sions of the idol ex­plain the key mis­sions of Jain­ism. So many at­trac­tions in this tem­ple at­tract tourists to visit.

This mar­ble won­der shades in dif­fer­ent ways at dif­fer­ent tim­ings and each shade is unique and at­trac­tive. The tem­ple com­prises 29 halls and 80 domes which are filled with bright nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non light dur­ing the all day. In one word, Ranakpur tem­ple is an ar­chi­tec­tural mar­vel and fa­mous Jain­ism cen­ter.

Ar­chi­tec­tural Skills

In any old mon­u­ments, the main at­trac­tion is its ar­chi­tec­tural style. In the same man­ner, Ranakpur tem­ple is an­other per­fect ex­am­ple of the ar­chi­tec­tural style of Jain­ism. The in­ter­est­ing part is un­count­able pil­lars in this tem­ple. The count of the pil­lars are 1444 and but it is dif­fi­cult to count be­cause they are com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

The pil­lars in this tem­ple are com­pletely carved in a dif­fer­ent man­ner with­out sim­i­lar­i­ties. Carv­ings of pil­lars are the peak level of ar­chi­tec­tural skills in this tem­ple. Af­ter pil­lars, the multi-curved ceil­ings take away look to­wards them. Ceil­ings of this tem­ple are beau­ti­fully carved and de­signed with very minia­ture de­signs, geo­met­ric de­signs etc. Not only, pil­lars and ceil­ings of the tem­ple some other beau­ti­ful carv­ings like Mar­ble ele­phant etc are the at­trac­tions of Ranakpur tem­ple.

Preaches through sculp­tures and carv­ings

So many sculp­tures and dif­fer­ent fine carv­ings are the sym­bol of ar­chi­tec­tural style and preaches of Jain­ism. Many carv­ings and sculp­tures in this tem­ple speak about the lessons and preach of var­i­ous preach­ers. The main at­trac­tion is the carv­ing of a ser­pent which pro­tects the Lord Parsh­vanth. This carv­ing speak about the story be­tween the Lord Parsh­vanth and the snake.

These are the at­trac­tions of the Ranakpur Jain tem­ple. This tem­ple is the best and unique place to ex­pe­ri­ence the talks of Jain­ism. The deities that are wor­shipped here are the Ad­i­nath, Nem­i­nath, Parsh­vanath, Surya, and Amba Matha. Among them, Ad­i­nath tem­ple means Chau­mukha is fa­mous.

Some im­por­tant points to be re­mem­bered be­fore vis­it­ing. There are some re­stric­tions and for­mal­i­ties to en­ter the tem­ple. Let’s know the things to be fol­lowed be­fore vis­it­ing the tem­ple.

Tourists are not al­lowed to tem­ple by wear­ing bare shoul­ders and shorts. But scarves are avail­able at the ticket counter to cover the shoul­ders.

Leather ar­ti­cles like belts, wal­lets, and shoes are not al­lowed. Tourists can store them in rented lock­ers.

These are the points strictly to be fol­lowed be­fore en­ter­ing the tem­ple.

The best way to reach this tem­ple is by road­ways. Ranakpur is near to Udaipur so choos­ing reg­u­lar buses or taxis from Udaipur is the best and dis­tance is 93 Kms. The nearby air­port to Ranakpur is the Ma­ha­rana Pratap Air­port in Udaipur. The nearby rail­way sta­tion is the Falna and dis­tance from Falna road to Ranakpur is 34 Kms.

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