RANAKPUR

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Location: 60-km North Of Udaipur, Rajasthan
Tourist Attractions: Desuri, Ghanerao Temples
Best time To Visit: September-March


The tranquil pilgrimage town of the Jains renowned for some marvellously carved Jain temples in amber stone, Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the Jain community. 60-km from Udaipur; these temples were built in the 15th century AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. The central 'Chaumukha' or four-faced temple is dedicated to the venerated Tirthankara Rishabhji. Open on all four sides, it enshrines the four-faced image of Adinath. The temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars - all distinctly carved.

Chaumukh Temple, Ranakpur, RajasthanImages of 24 tirthankaras are carved on the 'mandaps' or porticos in a corridor around the shrine with each 'mandap' having a spire adorned with little bells on the top. The gentle breeze wafting through the corridors move the bells creating celestial music all around the complex. Rising in three storeys, the temple has four small shrines with 80 spires supported by 420 columns.

Two temples, dedicated to the Jain saints - Parsvanath and Neminath, face the main temple. The temples have beautiful carvings similar to that of Khajuraho. Another temple worth visiting the nearby Sun Temple, an 8th century AD temple dedicated to the Sun god. The temple has polygonal walls, richly embellished with carvings of warriors, horses and solar deities riding splendid chariots.

EXCURSIONS

TEMPLES
Sadra (8 km): Famous for beautiful temples and an old Dargah of Khudabaksh Baba. The Varahavtar Temple and the Chintamani Parsvanath Jain Temple are the most ancient of the temples situated here.

Desuri (16 km): Three Jain temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and Navi Mata are among some noteworthy temples at Desuri. A temple dedicated to Parsurama Mahadeo, nestled in the hills, is also closeby. It is situated in the Kumbhalgarh tehsil of Rajsamand.

Ghanerao: Ghanerao abounds in Jain and Hindu temples. Most notable is the temple of Gajanand with a life-size statue of the goddesses Ridhi and Sidhi. The statue is guarded by Hanuman and Bhairon on either side.

Narlai (6 km): Lying at the base of a hillock, on the top of which is a colossal statue of an elephant, Narlai has many Hindu and Jain temples. The temple of Adinath is an ancient one. The outer 'mandap' of the temple has beautiful mural paintings on its ceiling, which still retain their original splendour.

Muchhal Mahaveer: This Jain temple is situated about 5 kms from Ghanerao in the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary. Its distinctive feature is the statue of Lord Mahavira with a moustache. The two statues of elephants guarding the gateways are splendid examples of architecture. In the vicinity are the Garasia tribal villages famous for their colourful costumes.

Falna (35 km): The railhead for Ranakpur Falna has some beautiful temples too.

FORTS
Kumbhalgarh: The imposing fort a principal bastion of Mewar after Chittorgarh. has some interesting Jain temples. more...


WILDLIFE
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: The 586 sq. kms sanctuary supports a rich variety of wildlife. Panther, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Four-Horned Antelope and scientifically bred Crocodiles in the lake, are the major attractions.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Udaipur 80-kms away is the nearest airport.
Rail: Falna 35-kms is the nearest railhead on the Delhi-Ahmedabad sector.
Road: A network of bus services joins Ranakpur with many nearby places.

PLACES TO STAY

RTDC Hotel Shilpi and Dharamshalas at Ranakpur provide comfortable accommodations for tourists.

NEARBY CITIES

Sadra: 8-km
Desuri: 16-km
Falna- 35-km
Narlai: 6-km
Udaipur: 60-km

GENERAL INFORMATION

Climate : Max Min
Summer : 42.0°C 22.0° C
Winter : 20.00° C 10.6° C
Rainfall : 55 cms.
Best Time To Visit : September-March
Clothing
Summer : light tropical
Winter : light woollen
Languages : English, Hindi, Rajasthani.



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