Ranakpur, a small village located in the Pali district of Rajasthan may seem to be a place of diminished importance when it comes to tourism, but it holds in vicinity one of the most spectacular Jain temples of India. The fabled Jain temple of Ranakpur leaves anyone who visits this place in a state of utter amazement by virtue of its unique architectural style.
The Jain temple mainly flaunts its unique Maru-Gurjara style of architecture, with light coloured marbles adorning the exteriors of the temple. The temple is spread over an area of approx. 3740 m2. The temple instills awe in its visitors by virtue of the beautiful shikaras, turrets and cupolas which rise majestically from the hill top. The pillars are carved out in such a way that each pillar is adorned in exquisite and rich designs. One of the many astonishing facets of this temple is that no two pillars are same in the temple and it is rumored that it is almost impossible to count the number of pillars of the temple. The temple is designed with four faces with symbolize the conquest of all the four directions of the cosmos by the Tirthankara. Apart from the carvings on the pillars, the temple also treasures some other beautiful artistic carving works.
The temple is also historically significant and finds mention in many of the fascinating historical chapters of India. The Jai temple, thus, is sure to leave an indelible impact on your mind and senses. All you need to do is experience it for yourself.
When to visit : Ranakpur Temple
Best time to visit: September - February
Opening hours:7:00 AM - 7:00 PM