Ranakpur is among the five most important Jain pilgrimage centers in India. The Jain temples here are absolutely stunning. Sheer poetry in marble with a massive area of 60 x 62 meters and 1444 marble pillars, the main temple dedicated to Adinathji is grand. Each pillar of this temple is differently carved. Ranakpur is situated in the Pali district.
Located in a valley in the Aravali Mountains, Ranakpur is known for its serenity and attracts people seeking a peaceful holiday. Besides the Jain temples, it also has much older Hindu temples. Among these, the Sun Temple is the main one.
The Jain temples here go back to the 14th century while the Sun Temple is believed to be from the 8th century. Besides the temples, Ranakpur also has a heritage hotel that offers a luxurious stay.
The main Jain temple called the Chaumukha or Four Faced Temple covers an area of 48000 sq feet and has 1,444 marble pillars, each with unique carvings. The columns change their color from golden to pale blue each hour during the day. The prayer hall of the temple has two massive bells weighing 108 kg each. The temple is designed like a heavenly aircraft and has a celestial appearance. In short, this temple is an architectural marvel. No wonder it took 65 years to complete! Of 15th century vintage, this temple was made by Seth Dharna Sah, a Jain businessman, with the aid of Rana Kumbha, the ruler of Mewar at the time.
This temple is dedicated to Sun God. It has been adorned with countless wall projections of circular structure. Visitors can also see the Lord Surya driven chariot with seven horses. The temple has an exceptional architecture and stuns every visitor.
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