Adinath Jain Temple, Ranakpur
Ranakpur is known for its Adinath Jain temple which is one of the most holy sites of Jain religion. The location of Ranakpur is in between Udaipur and Kumbhalgarh (around 60-70 km from both side) so you can visit it either from Udaipur or Kumbhalgarh.
The temple is made of marble and it was built by Dharna Shah in 1437 AD under the patronage of Rana Kumbha, the ruler of the Mewar. This temple is Chaumukha (having four faces). The main entrance is on the western side. The architect of the temple was Deepaka.
The carvings on the temple pillars, walls and ceiling are very fine and detailed. There are 1444 pillars in the temple of which no two pillars have the same design. These pillars are arranged in such a way that none obstruct the view of lord's statue from anywhere.
The temple opens for visitors from 12pm to 5pm. The entry ticket is Rs 60 and extra Rs 100 for the camera. You can find guides inside the temple who will tell you the history of the temple.
There is a restaurant, Roopam Hotel which is around 2 km from the temple. You can have delicious food there.
The pillars are not carved of a single stone but drums of various size are placed one over the other.
The relief of Parsva with his head protected by the hood of a thousand headed serpent and two serpents beside him carrying the fans.
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