Ranakpur Temple Visit
One of the five Jain pilgrimages, Ranakpur, is famous for its marble temple of Shri Adinathji. It is located in Desuri tehsil near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan.
Easily accesible by road, we went to the temple from Udaipur. However, it is long journey with no good food joint mid-way.
It took us two hours to reach our destination but on reaching we were mesmerised by the view. The scenic beauty held by spell bound as the place is nestled in a valley on the western side of the Aravalli range.
The beautiful main Jain temple has a Chaumukha shrine dedicated to Adinathji, the first Jain tirthankara. Besides, there is also a small Sun temple which is managed by the Udaipur royal family trust.
It is not easy to define the beauty of the temple which has columns which are intricately carved having nymphs playing the flute, in various dance postures are a beautiful sight to behold. The assembly hall has two big bells weighing 108 kgs that are rung at said times.
The corridor around the temple has mandapas (porticoes) with various types of carved images. A shikhar (spire) over each mandapa. The temple has four small shrines, and rises to three storeys. The shrines have 80 spires supported by 420 pillars.
The main temple is faced by two other temples dedicated to Parasvanath and Neminath. These have exquisite figures similar to Khajuraho sculptures.
Begun in the 14th century the temple took over 50 years to complete under the auspicious orders of Rana Kumbha, ruler of Mewar Dedicated to Adinath, the temple also has smaller temples inside dedicated to Neminath, Parsvanath and the Suryadev temple within the premises but outside the main temple area.
The temple has strict entry rules with no leather belt, mobiles phone as and cameras allowed.
There is also a provision for Jain food in the temple premises. Also, the place boosts of a ‘dharamshala’ which can roughly accommodate around 100 people, mainly used by saints to stay there.