Adinath Jain Temple, Ranakpur


Adinath Jain temple, Ranakpur
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.

Roads have been cut through the hills.
Roads have been cut through the hills.

Travelling through picturesque surrounding that too at the roof top of a bus.
Travelling through picturesque surrounding that too at the roof top of a bus.

The village temple surrounded by banana trees and sugarcane crop.
The village temple surrounded by banana trees and sugarcane crop.

The roads in the interior are also in a very good condition.
The roads in the interior are also in a very good condition.

The water irrigation system in remote villages.
The water irrigation system in remote villages.

Langurs can be found everywhere in this arid land.
Langurs can be found everywhere in this arid land.

The Aravali mountain range. In the mid right of the photo, the white spot is the Jain temple.
The Aravali mountain range. In the mid right of the photo, the white spot is the Jain temple.

The roads are curved with sharp bends. We hardly met any traffic.
The roads are curved with sharp bends. We hardly met any traffic.

The ticket counter. There is an extra charge for the camera.
The ticket counter. There is an extra charge for the camera.

A beautiful marble statue
A beautiful marble statue

All the pillars are carved with statues and intricate design.
All the pillars are carved with statues and intricate design.

Status of a goddess.
Status of a goddess.

Delicate carvings everywhere on pillars, walls and ceilings.
Delicate carvings everywhere on pillars, walls and ceilings.

The western mandap dome is supported by eight pillars.
The western mandap dome is supported by eight pillars.

The zoomed in image of a dancer from the above photo of the dome.
The zoomed in image of a dancer from the above photo of the dome.

Kichaka, with five bodies and one head represent the five elements of nature.
Kichaka, with five bodies and one head represent the five elements of nature.

The intricate carvings can be seen on all the domes.
The intricate carvings can be seen on all the domes.

Krishan surrounded by Nagins (female serpent) coiled together.
Krishan surrounded by Nagins (female serpent) coiled together.

The architecture of the temple allows ample of natural light everywhere.
The architecture of the temple allows ample of natural light everywhere.

One of the statues carved in the dome.
One of the statues carved in the dome.

The main worship room. No pillar obstruct view of the God's idol.
The main worship room. No pillar obstruct view of the God's idol.

The mother of Adinatha, Marudevi sitting on an elephant going to listen the sermon of her son.
The mother of Adinatha, Marudevi sitting on an elephant going to listen the sermon of her son.

The pillars are not carved of a single stone but drums of various size are placed one over the other.
The pillars are not carved of a single stone but drums of various size are placed one over the other.

The statue of a goddess
The statue of a goddess

There are dikpals, protector of the temples.
There are dikpals, protector of the temples.

Another beautiful statue.
Another beautiful statue.

The ornamentation and details are astonishing.
The ornamentation and details are astonishing.

The protector of the temple.
The protector of the temple.

Statue of a goddess in sitting pose.
Statue of a goddess in sitting pose.

Southern Meghanada mandapa with female dancers engraved in the dome.
Southern Meghanada mandapa with female dancers engraved in the dome.

The elephant taking Marudevi, mother of Adinath to listen his sermon.
The elephant taking Marudevi, mother of Adinath to listen his sermon.

The balcony of a shrine engraved with statues.
The balcony of a shrine engraved with statues.

The relief of Parsva with his head protected by the hood of a thousand headed serpent and two serpents beside him carrying the fans.
The relief of Parsva with his head protected by the hood of a thousand headed serpent and two serpents beside him carrying the fans.

The courtyard of the temple.
The courtyard of the temple.

The shikhar of the temple has bells attached which jingle in the breeze.
The shikhar of the temple has bells attached which jingle in the breeze.

A lion overlooking one of the domes
A lion overlooking one of the domes

Parsva was born as an elephant in one of the many lives he lived.
Parsva was born as an elephant in one of the many lives he lived.

All rights reserved by author © Ashesh Bharadwaj


If you like the travelogue, show me your love.
The social media buttons are just below:
Please Share, Like or Tweet now :)
Go to a page:


TOC


BitWindow.com- A digital window to my life Ashesh Bharadwaj
Travelogue
Travelogue: A journey to
the Land of Maharanas
  © ASHESH BHARAWAJ, 2017. All content on this site is copyrighted. No content of this site shall be used without prior consent.