Renowned for marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the seminal Jain community. Situated 60km north of Udaipur, Ranakpur is a village near the township of Sadri, located in the Pali district of Rajasthan. It lies between Jodhpur and Udaipur, in a valley on the western flank of the Aravalli Hills. Ranakpur is one of the five most significant pilgrimage sites of Jainism. It is also home to an exceptionally beautiful temple complex in the Aravalli ranges.
The Ranakpur Jain Temple
The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and talented monarch, Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The temple, with its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls, and domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 - all of which have been painstakingly carved with no two being alike. The main shrine is the Chaumukh temple, or four-faced temple, which is dedicated to the venerated trithankara Rishabhji. Open on all four sides, it enshrines the four faced image of Adinath.