Wondrous Temple of Ranakpur, Rajasthan…
Ranakpur and it’s Jain Temple:
Ranakpur is located in the district named Pali of Rajasthan in western India. This place is located between Udaipur and Jodhpur.
This village is very popular for it’s magnificent architecture and numerous pillars. Also, it’s famous for large population of monkeys that live in and around the place. Women from the village donated 90 ounces of gold during the construction of the temple which is also know as “Temple of Ranakpur or Jain Temple”.
Jain temple of Ranakpur is said to be the most spectacular of the Jai temples and also there is a small Sun temple which is managed by the royal family trust of Udaipur.
How to Reach:
A visitor can reach to Ranakpur via bus or taxi from any place in Rajasthan or Delhi. This place is 630 kilometers away from Delhi via road and 162 kilometers from Jodhpur. Also one can reach to this place from Udaipur via road which is 91 kilometers away from Ranakpur.
The nearest airport to Ranakpur is Udaipur airport which is well connected from all the major airports in India.
Jain Temple and its History:
The famous Jain temple at Rankapur is devoted to Tirthankara Adinatha. Dharma Shaha, who was a Jain business person, started construction of this unique temple in the 15th Century following a divine vision. This temple honors Adinath, the very first Tirthankar of the present half-cycle as per Jain cosmology. After the provincial ruler monarch, Rana Kumbha, the town of Ranakpur and the temple were named, who also supported the construction of the temple.
Reasons to Visit Wondrous Temple of Ranakpur:
Ranakpur temple is considered among seven wonders of India as this temple is a beautiful structure carved in stone. This is very much famous for it’s marvelous architectural style and following are the top 5 reason to visit the place whenever you are going to Udaipur or Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India:.
1. Jain Temple and it’s History:
The temple of Ranakpur, is considered to have been built by Seth Dharna Shah, who was a local Jain businessman, with the help of Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The king helped the Seth on a condition that the temples would be named after him and accordingly the temples were tabbed. Sited in a solitary valley on the western part of the Aravalli Hills, the temples are undoubtedly laudable for their wonderful architecture. The huge structure of the temple is entirely raised in light color marble. One of the largest subterranean vaults makes the base of this colossal temple sprawling in an area of 48000 sq ft.
2. The Beauty of the Marble Architecture:
The splendid white structure is a three-storied marble wonder, which is as beautiful outside as inside. It’s amazing to feel that temperature drops suddenly when you enter into the temple. In a hot day, not only the cool interiors but the unusual ones had everyone kept captivated. As per it’s founder, Seth Dharna Shah, temple is built like the Nalinigulm Vimana or heavenly vehicle. It is constructed in a unique manner like no matter from which of the 4 doors you enter, you still end up in the main courtyard.
3. Attractive Ceilings and Uncountable Pillars
People say that there are 144 pillars but it is not possible to count them for each one is different and none similar. Each one of them is a piece of architectural design and so attractive that one cannot look away. The best part is that each pillar gives you the same feeling and one cannot just go away.
4. The Pictures of the Scriptures, Jain Temple
Jainism is quite similar to Buddhism – it talks about the inner piece, non- violence, tolerance and renunciation. The scriptures and teaching of Jainism talks of how the various preachers attained their nirvana and various stories from their lives is what is carved into the ceilings and on the pillars inside Jain temple of Ranakpur.
5. The Jain Temple of Ranakpur and its Serenity:
I am not a very religious person but I like the calm that I feel and experience inside the temples. At the Jain Temple of Ranakpur, calm was even more magnified. It was so evident that 108 kg bell of the temple cannot shatter the feeling of being calm.
It may be the calm surrounded by the beauty of the temple or it’s surroundings or it is just the charisma of the temple.