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15th century Famous Jain temple - a must visit

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Ranakpur Jain Temple

Akash Raghuwanshi
21st Apr 17

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1In the scenic Aravallis: The Ranakpur Jain Temple
In the scenic Aravallis: The Ranakpur Jain Temple

HolidayIQ Traveller Anish Ballwala shares, “Ranakpur Temple was made by Seth Dhanna Shah. It is a Jain temple having Lord Adheswara as the mooknayak main deity. The temple has around 1400 pillars and is an architectural marvel. Every pillar has a different carving. The place is really silent and peaceful.”

HolidayIQ Sudhir says, “This is perfect place to relax, it's historical, romantic, good for one or two night stay, you can enjoy jungle safari by keep day or night, simply awesome place to visit once in a life.”


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2An architectural marvel
An architectural marvel

The temples in Ranakpur are dedicated to Jain Tirthankara Adinath. Ranakpur is also one of the 5 most important Jain pilgrimage sites in India. The temple presents to you the vision of its creator, Dharna Shah, who wanted to build a vehicle to enter the heavens. Magnificent use of marble leaves you spellbound.

HolidayIQ reviewer Konark Patel shares: "Situated deep in Aravali valley, away from noises of the city - Ranakpur is around two and a half hours away from Udaipur. The leading road from Udaipur to Ranakpur is one of its kind, snaky roads with exhilarating mountains and valleys. The temple is also one of its kind with artful and delicate sculptures. It's an excellent example of ancient art and architecture. It indeed reveals the rich cultural heritage of India."

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3Ranakpur Jain Temple, Ranakpur
Ranakpur Jain Temple, Ranakpur

The renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur is dedicated to Tirthankara Adinatha. Local legend has it that Dharma Shah, a local Jain businessperson, started construction of the temple in the 15th century following a divine vision. The temple honors Adinath, the first Tirthankar and founder of the Jain religion.

HolidayIQ Traveller Rajul Shah from Ahmedabad shares, “One of the best carved and sculptured holy place in the world. Magnificently carved pillars, "Garbh-Gruh" and the magically architectured temple, you can't believe without seeing it yourself. Just go and feel the heritage.”

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4The Ranakpur Jain Temple In Pali, Rajasthan
The Ranakpur Jain Temple In Pali, Rajasthan

One of the five most important Jain pilgrimage sites in India, Ranakpur temple is dedicated to Lord Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankara. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Rohit Ak shares, "The temple is made of marble. It is simply a bliss to sit in peace in this temple among the Aravallis. The pillars of this temple are intricately designed and the temple is equally beautiful standing all alone amidst the Aravallis. There are cloak rooms to store your cameras or any sort of leather products along with your wallet. Parking is no tension here."

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5Explore The Architectural Splendour Of Jain Temples In Ranakpur
Explore The Architectural Splendour Of Jain Temples In Ranakpur

HolidayIQ Traveller Anish Ballwala shares, “Ranakpur Temple was made by Seth Dhanna Shah. It is a Jain temple having Lord Adheswara as the mooknayak main deity. The temple has around 1400 pillars and is an architectural marvel. Every pillar has a different carving. The place is really silent and peaceful.”

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Reviews (23)

Kamal Dahiya

Kamal Dahiya5.0/5

111 reviews

Hidden gem of Rajasthan

Ranakpur is near about 52 km from kumbhalgarh. This place is known for its world famous jain temples. This small town doesn't have many things to offer except jain temples. Roads are not in good shape, but as you enter Ranakpur jain temples you won't believe on your eyes, these temples are beyond mens thinking.

Suhani Sogani

Suhani Sogani5.0/5

16 reviews

Essence of Spritiuality

Ranakpur Jain temple is one of the most spectacular of the Jain Temples situated in the Pali district of Rajasthan. The temple is dedicated to the founder of Jain religion ie the 1st Thirthankara - Bhagwan Adinath. The name of the temple and the town, Ranakpur is dedicated to the provincial ruler Rana Kumbha. The temple is built with the help of around 1444 pillars and no two pillars are same and from each pillar you can see the statue of God. You cannot count the pillars, it is said that if two people are counting simultaneously there will surely be difference in their counting. There is one beautiful carving made out of a single marble rock with 108 heads of snakes and numerous tails. There is no end to the tails. There are various other marvellous piece of architecture which you will get to know once you visit there.

You may sit in any part of the temple and you will not feel hot. It has two other small temples also. There is a mess and small guest house where you can book your stay. Also, guides are available both in hindi and english. You can reach the destination either from Udaipur or Jodhpur and there are various luxurious resorts near by for weekend getaways.

So plan your trip to Ranakpur to feel the divine aura

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Recommended Duration in Ranakpur

Number of days to spend in Ranakpur as recommended by our travellers.

1 day

33.3%

2 days

66.7%

Ranakpur Overview

Ranakpur is a small village located in the Aravalli range, between Udaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan. It lies in the Pali district of Rajasthan, which lies 60 km from the city of Udaipur. The village is renowned for a large Jain Temple, which is also one of the most important Jain temples in the country.

Ranakpur derives its name from Rana Khumba. It is said that Rana Khumba gave the land for the construction of the Jain temples in the region, when a businessman named Dharna Shah approached him and told him about his vision of a great temple.

Another Jain temple in the village apart from the main Jain Temple is the Sun Temple, which is located right opposite the main one. The presence of these two Jain temples makes Ranakpur one of the most important pilgrimage centres for the Jain community in India.

The main Jain temple complex covers a total area of 48,000 square km and has 1444 different columns. The temple also has two large bells which weigh 108 kg each and whose sounds echo through the whole complex.

There are other temples too in the village which are dedicated to different Gods of the Hindu community. Being situated in Rajasthan, it experiences very hot summers with the temperature ranging from 38° to 42° Celsius. The winter months of December to February experience temperatures between 11° to 20° Celsius.

The best time to visit Ranakpur is in the months of September to March, when the temperature remains comfortable and there is not much rainfall. Ranakpur is well connected by means of roads, although it does not have a railway station.

The closest railway station to the place is at Falna, which is 30 km away. There are taxis as well as buses from Falna to Ranakpur. Buses are available from Udaipur as well to the Ranakpur temple and the journey takes about 3 hours.

Although the village lacks the grandeur of the palaces of Udaipur and Jaipur, the temples present in the region make up for it and make it an important pilgrimage centre.

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Ranakpur, Rajasthan

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Ranakpur Jain Temple, Ranakpur

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Adinath Jain Temple Ranakpu
Ranakpur Jain Temple, Ranakpur

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Adinath Jain Temple Ranakpu
Ranakpur Jain Temple, Ranakpur

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Beautiful Carving at Ranakpur Jain Temple

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