Ranakpur is a small peaceful townwith rich cultural heritage and is tucked away in the valley of the Aravalli Ranges in Rajasthan.. The place is very unique for its lush greenery and streams flowing continuously in the state of deserts.
Though the place finds its place in one of the least popular destinations amongst the tourists, it receives a lot of footfall. Ranakpur is one of the five important pilgrimage destinations for the followers of Jainism.
The temples here are constructed using amber stone was completed in the year 1439. The place gets its name from Rana Kumbha, the Mewar ruler who offered the land for the construction of the temple. The temple was the brain child of a wealthy Jain businessman Dharna Shah, after havingdreamt of a celestial vehicle.
Ranakpur is a year round destination; however the months from October to April are most preferred amongst by the visitors, since the weather remains conducive for moving around the place.
By Air: The nearest airport is the Udaipur airport which is located approximately 106 km away from Ranakpur. The airport receives regular flights from the major cities in the country like Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai etc., to name a few.
By Train: Ranakpur does not have a railway station of its own. The nearest railway station is Khimel which is approximately around 27 km away from here. The station is well-connected to most of the major cities within the state of Rajasthan and as well as to other states.
By Road: Ranakpur is well-connected by road, however there are no direct buses to reach the place. The nearest major bus station is Falna which is around 27 km away from here. Falna receives regular buses from the major cities of the state. Udaipur is at a driving distance of 95 km, Jodhpur is around 172 km from here and Jaipur is at a distance of 357 km.
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Also known as the Ranakpur Jain Temple, it was established by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. It is regarded as one of the important pilgrimage destinations for the Jains. The temple is dedicated to the first Jain Thirthankara Adinath.
The entire temple complex is spread across an area of 48,000 sq ft. The structure is a fine example of delicate carvings in the main shrine as well as in the subsidiary shrines. The temple is home to 29 pillared halls and 80 domes which are all supported by 1444 pillars.
Each of the pillars have some fine carvings of maidens in various postures, each pillar is measured to a height of 45 feet and have different set of carvings in every pillar. The complex is home to two gigantic bells which weigh 108 kg respectively and is rung even now, which echoes in the entire complex.
A beautiful structure which projects murals on its walls. The temple also has circular structures on its walls which are dedicated to the Sun God. The temple is known for its carving of the Sun God riding on a chariot which is drawn by seven horses.
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Situated in the Kumbhagarh Sanctuary is this temple dedicated to Lord Mahavir. The major draw here is the idol of Mahavir which sports a moustache unlike other temples. The entrance to the temple is guarded by sculptures of two elephants which is also another major attraction in the temple complex.
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The fort was built by Maharana Rana Kumbha sometime around the 15th century. It has seven huge gates along with watch towers, the walls of the fort are so broad that it can accommodate eight horses side by side.
The fort complex houses around 360 temples inside it, amongst all of them the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a must visit. The fort also comprises of a palace, which is known as Badal Palace or the palace of clouds.