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Ranakpur Temples

 

Chaumukha Jain Temple, RanakpurRanakpur is considered to be among five major Jain pilgrimage sites. And for good reason. The Jain temples of Ranakpur are simply stunning. Ranakpur itself is situated in a serene valley of Aravali mountain range. It is a peaceful, almost sleepy town, beckoning all those looking for a relaxed holiday. The temples here are excellent excursions.


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.


The other important Jain temple in Ranakpur is dedicated to Lord. Built in the mid 15th century, this temple is known for its engraved windows decorated with Jain figures. It is also called Patriyon Ka Mandir. Two other temples dedicated to Neminath (22nd saint) and Surya Narayan (Sun God) respectively are close by. The Surya Narayan Temple has countless wall projections. See Lord Surya being driven in his chariot of seven horses at this temple.

 
 

 

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