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Ranakpur

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"A Spiritual Oasis in Aravali"

Ranakpur Tourism

Ranakpur is a small quaint town nestled amid the secluded valley of Aravali Ranges in Rajasthan. Situated around 96 km North of Udaipur in Pali district, it is an important destination for Jain pilgrims. The place presents a unique spectacle of verdant greenery and gushing streams, an unusual sight in Rajasthan. Immersed in the vibrant culture with a myriad of enrapturing beauty in store, Ranakpur has made its way on the list of must-visit destinations in Rajasthan.
It is named after Rana Kumbha, who donated some land for the place.

There are many temples dedicated to different Tirthankaras in Jainism like Adinatha, Parasnath and Chaumukha Temple with marvellous architectures. Rightly nicknamed as 'A spiritual oasis in Aravalli', Ranakpur is a place with mesmerising beauty that will leave you awe-inspired with a rejuvenated soul.

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A Spiritual Oasis in Aravalli

Ranakpur Jain Temple- Another Masterpiece of Jain Architecture

Dedicated to Lord Adinath, the first Tirthankara of Jains, Ranakpur is one of the most important pilgrim sites for Jains. The majestic temple was built in the 15th century during the reign of Rana Kumbha. A renowned businessman of the time, Dharna Shah went to the king with his vision and was eventually offered the land to build the temple. Interestingly, the name of the place is derived from the name of the king himself. Adinath Temple: Spread over an area of around 48,000 sq.ft, 1444 light-tinted marble pillars support the structure of temple which includes four subsidiary shrines, 29 pillared halls and 80 domes. Notably, no two pillars have the same design carved on them. It is also said that it is impossible to count all the pillars at once. Chaumukha Temple: One distinctive feature of this temple lies in is the exquisite carving of a statue out of one marble which has 108 snakes. It faces in all the four directions and is known as 'Chaumukha' in Jainism. All the statues in the temple face each other. This temple, with its distinctively carved domes, ‘shikhara’, turrets and cupolas, rises royally from the hill.

History of Ranakpur

Set amidst the grand cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur in Rajasthan, with their sumptuous history and extravagant heritage, lies a small village town by the name of Ranakpur, in the Pali district of the land of the colourful melange of forts, palaces, delicious cuisines, ravishing outfits and warm & dear hospitality. Ranakpur has long been known to be one of the most important and fascinating Jain temple complexes to have ever been built. The vast number of marble pillars which are very intricately carved to be similar but not the same are said to be 1,444 in total according to popular belief and stand firm across the entire temple complex, which is said to cover an area of over 48,000 square feet. The history of the construction of the architectural marvel, that is Ranakpur is said to have all begun from a vivid dream that a local and wealthy Jain businessman, by the name of Dharma Shah had - in which he envisioned paying homage to the First Tirthankar of the Jain religion - Lord Adinath, also known as Lord Rishabhanatha by building a magnificent temple in his honour. After this divine reverie, Dharma Shah went to the then Rajput monarch of the time - Rana Kumbha, to seek his patronage in building this temple. In the 15th century, the construction of the temple complex began under the support of King Rana Kumbha, who not only generously provided funds but also a huge plot of land to Dharma Shah, to build this temple on. To honour the invaluable support of the monarch - the temple and the township around it were named Ranakpur after the name ‘Rana Kumbha’.

Ranakpur Festival

The sacred town of Ranakpur witnesses an annual festival in the month of October. South Indian Bharatnatyam and Rajasthani folk performances are the main highlights along with the renditions by renowned dance performers and vocal artists. Tourists from all over the country visit Ranakpur during the festival. Cultural programmes are held at ‘Muktakash’, an outdoor auditorium at the Surya Mandir aka Sun Temple. One can also enjoy Jungle Jeep Safaris and craft fair during the festival.

Important Tips

Leather products are not allowed inside the temple. Non Jains are allowed inside the temple only between 12 PM to 5 PM. Morning hours are dedicated for prayers only.

Restaurants and Local Food in Ranakpur

Ranakpur Temple offers delicious vegetarian Jain food within the premises at affordable prices (INR 50). Do not expect luxurious restaurants and high end eating joints. There are 'bhojanshalas' in Dharamshalas where you can buy a coupon and have food. But take care of the time as Jain Food is not available at night.
There are several in-house restaurant options like Ranakpur Hill Resort and Hotel Fateh Bagh where you can enjoy delicacies of various cuisines.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Ranakpur, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main market for a stroll, where you can buy precious curios and souvenirs, especially silver jewellery and gemstones.

Day 2 - The 2nd day should be the ideal time for starting your trip through Ranakpur Jain Temples, after which you can proceed to the ancient Surya Narayan Temple, which is another architectural wonder worth a visit in Ranakpur.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A beautiful confluence of nature and culture.

What's Not So Great?

It is primarily a religious and cultural destination with Temples being the major attractions. Other than that, there's little to explore.

For Whom?

Ranakpur is a popular destination for Jain pilgrims. It is an ideal destination for history lovers and spiritual seekers. The famous Adinath temple is nothing short of an architectural marvel with an interesting history associated with it.

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How To Reach Ranakpur

Ranakpur does not have an Airport of a Railway Station. Nearest city, Udaipur is connected with the rest of the country. Cabs and Buses are available from Udaipur, regularly.

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Q. Aren't there Jain dharmshalas ?

Holidify 1 year ago
Shri Ranakpur Tirth is one the best Jain Dharamshalas in Ranakpur.

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Devyani Chandra 1 year ago
- Make sure you carry a camera to capture the essence of culture and traditions oozing out of the city.
- Avoid travelling the city during summers owing to hot and dry weather and heat.
- Carry packed food along with you while exploring the village owing to lack of restaurants at proper interval.
Constance B 1 year ago
Free for indian, 200 roupies for foreign. 100 roupies for photo (but free for indian). Inside you can’t see all, so you pay more to see less ! 1rst : Religion is FREE ! 2nd : Religion is for ALL ! No tolerance, only discrimination and racism, just because we are not indian, but jain is not only in India, and all indian are not jain !! Open your mind ! Shame on you and shame on jain ! Afficher moins
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