Ranakpur Jain Temple
Beautiful sculptured Jain temples mark the glory
of this renowned place. Marked as one of the fiv
holy places for the Jain community, these were created in the 15
the century. During the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within
a wall. The central Chaumukha [four faced temple] is dedicated to
Adinathji the temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and
1,444 pillars all distinctly carved and no two being alike is a
amazing evidence of the genius sense of architecture that enhances
the charm of the place. Every temple has this conceivable surface
carved with equal delicacy.
The ambience of Ranakpur is mainly highlighted by the location
and the almost divine architecture, giving the same hue as its
counter part - the great Dilwara Temple's. in Mt-Abu. Facing the
main temple are the unique temples -Parasvanath - Neminath with
exquisite figures carving similar to that Khujaraho sculptures.
Another temple worth visiting is the nearby 'Sun Temple' dedicated
to the 'Sun God' (Surya-the master of all the planets and the
provider of light to the whole universe) adorned with polygonal
wall, richly embellished with the carvings of warriors, horses
and solar (Nakshatras, grahs') deities riding splendid 'chariots'
the vehicle of the 'Sun God'- which accordingly to the Hindu Mythology
is the God of prosperity and a shining destiny in this world.
Many throng this shrine for these blessings. Overall Ranakpur
is known as ' The tranquil pilgrimage town'. For the buffs a ride
to the outskirts like ' Sadari' - 'Desuri'- 'Ghanerao'- 'Narhai',
serves the purpose of their satisfaction.