reached its fame for the marvelously carved Jain temples constructed during
the times of Rana Kumbha of Mewar in the 15th century. It is counted one
among the five holiest centres of the Jain religion.The temple shrines has a
total of 24 halls, remarkable in its architecture and beauty with
exquisitely carved 1440 pillars adorned with delicate works.The central
temple is dedicated to the Jain Trithankara Adinath. Two temples, dedicated
to Jain saints Parsvanath and Neminath, face the main temple. The temples
have beautiful carvings similar to that of Khajuraho. The beautiful temple
complex built around 1439 AD attracts tourists & pilgrims from all parts
Ranakpur lies at a distance of 98 kms from Udaipur in the state of
Maharastra and 25km southwest of Kumbhalgarh.
The maximum and minimum temperature hovers between 42°C and 22°C
in the summers while it is 20°C to 10°C in the colder seasons.The
ideal time to visit the place is between September to March.
Tourist Attractions of Ranakpur
Parshvanath Temple -
The temple built around 15th
century lies near the Adishwar temple and commonly known as Patriyon Ka
Mandir preserving a black stone image in its shrine. The main altar having a
compound tower encircles the sanctum on a stepped plan. Best known for its
pierced stone windows the temple is engraved with Jain figures, pictures of
attendants of maidens are seen on the exteriors of the walls.
The Sun Temple -
The surya Narayan temple built during
the 15th century follows a circular path due to its wall projections over
the altar with the base having small niches.The sanctum is laid on an
octagonal way with six porches.The temple is a beauty with the idol of the
Sun God in his chariots drawn by seven horses.
Other Temple Attractions -
The temples in Ranakpur are
artistically designed.The Chaumaukha temple is in the form of Nalinigulam
Vimana or a hevenly airport.Built on a high plinth with high boundary and
spires rising above the walls, there are 20 cupolas that goes on to form the
roof of the pillared hall. The 80 domes temple has figures of dancing
goddesses, beautifully engraved on these pillars.With separate entrance the
pillars are completely different from one another.
The first Jain saint Adinath Temple or Rishabhadev is encircled by several
other smaller shrines and domes, each having a roof of its own. This is
probably one of the most complicated and extensive Jain temples in India and
also the most complete for Jain sectarian rituals. The temple covers 48,000
sq ft with 29 halls and is believed to have 84 underground cells. One kms
far from the main complex is the Amba Mata Temple.