My trip to Udaipur was coming to an end. I decided to visit one final place before I bid farewell to this amazingly stunning city. This time I went for a visit to the Jain Temple in the village of Ranakpur.
The Jain Temple of Ranakpur is revered all over the world among the Jain community and is one of their five holy sites. It was built in the 15th century by Seth Dharna Sah with some financial aid from Maharana Kumbha. The temple is dedicated to Lord Adinatha, the founder of Jainism.
Ranakpur temple lies some 100 kms from the city of Udaipur. The temple complex is situated in an idle valley on the western sides of the Aravallis. The architecture of the place was remarkable and stunning. It is constructed in light coloured marbles. The time when I reached the temple there was little sunshine which made the temple glitter. It was a perfect moment to capture in my SLR. I was awe truck by the architecture of this temple. The temple structure is supported by some 1400 carved pillars.
Inside the complex there were several temples, Parsavanath temple, Amba Mata temple, Chaumukh temple and Surya temple. Chaumukha temple is dedicated to Lord Adinath, the first ‘Tirthankara’ of Jains. The temple had four doorways and each of the doorways lead to main temple where the image of Lord Adinath is kept. There also small shrines and domes kept around Lord Adinath’s image.
The temple definitely is a wonder of architecture. It has some 24 pillared halls along with 80 domes which are supported by 400 columns. One remarkable fact about the columns inside the temple complex is that they change its colour from Golden to blue every hour.
The bell in the mandap was gigantic, said to weigh about 100 kgs it produced harmonious sound. The temple has a celestial appearance and this is why it was shortlisted for the new Seven Wonders of the World. I must say this temple is a place to visit if you are in Udaipur because it will definitely be an unforgettable part of your trip.
Finally I winded up my trip to Udaipur and it was time to fly back home. I was taking some amazing experiences and memories from this lovely place. Some captured in my SLR and most captured in my heart. Certainly this is a place which I will visit again sooner or later.