Jain Temple,Ranakpur

Rajasthan Diaries – Ranakpur’s Jain Temple is a Marvel!

April 22, 2016

Jain Temple, Ranakpur – What a marvel of architecture!

Located between the two beautiful cities, Jodhpur and Udaipur, in the heart of the enchanting valleys of Aravalli, engulfed by the forests and woods; the Jain Temple stands still in its majestic grandeur. You cannot escape the serenity.

Jain Temple, Ranakpur is dedicated to Tirthankara Adinatha. It is acclaimed worldwide for its architectural beauty. The temple is supported by over 1444 pillars with intricate carvings. No two pillars in the temple are the same. Every hour during the day the exquisite columns change their color from golden to pale blue. Jain Temple is an example of Maru-Gurjara architecture which displays the refined skill of the Rajasthan craftsmen of that era.

Dhiren shares an amazing fact about the Jain temple, Ranakpur…

“One of the most interesting facts about the temple is that the central dome i.e. the largest dome inside the temple has a reflective illumination system using mirrors and candles burnt at one of the central points. One has to just light a few candles and the corridor and domes get illuminated by the mirrors reflecting the lights. And located at the beautiful Ranakpur Ghats, this is one of the most picturesque locations in Rajasthan.”

Dhiren’s adventurous journey to Ranakpur is intriguing!

“I clicked this particular photo when I was riding back from one of my routine weekend rides to Udaipur. Interestingly I came back from Udaipur with two pillions behind me (three people on a motorcycle plus luggage for 280 km, one of the most dangerous but foolish stunt I ever attempted).”

We are keen to know who those two pillions were. 😉

Nevertheless, keep looking out for adventurous travel stories and beautiful pictures from Dhiren in our Travel section.

Dhiren Pegu

Dhiren Pegu is a practicing lawyer at the Guwahati High Court in Assam and an alumni of NLU Jodhpur. He is a biker by passion, photographer by talent and an adventurous traveler by heart. You can check more of Dhiren’s collection at Dhiren Pegu Photography.

-By Ruchita Robinson