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DESTINATIONS » WEST INDIA » RAJASTHAN » RANAKPUR
 
  
 
Ranakpur is one of the largest and most important Jain temple complex lying in a remote valley of the Aravalli ranges in Southern Rajasthan. These temples were created in the 15th century AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. They are well preserved and in near perfect condition. The main 'Chaumukh Temple' or Four Faced Temple is dedicated to the first tirthankar (apostle) Adinath. Built in 1439, this huge superbly carved temple has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, all distinctly carved and no two alike and enshrines the four-faced image of Adinath. Rising in three storeys, the temple has four small shrines with 80 spires supported by 420 columns. Within the complex are two other temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath. The temples have beautiful carvings similar to that of Khajuraho. There is also a Sun Temple, located a little distance away. The temple has polygonal walls richly embellished with carvings of warriors, horses and solar deities riding splendid chariots. A kilometer away from the main complex is located the Amba Mata Temple, dedicated to a form of goddess Durga. Please note shoes and all leather articles must be left at the entrance before entering the temple.
 
     
  Place To See  
 
Narlai, Ghanerao
 
  Things to do  
 
Jain pilgrimage, heritage sightseeing
 
  How to reach  
  By road and rail  
     
     
 
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  Narlai       Ghanerao  
             
             
     
 
Narlai
 
 
Destination Narlai
Location Ranakpur
State Rajasthan
Destination Type Pilgrim Centre/Holy Place
Activities
Pilgrimage/Place of worship
Located 6km from Ranakpur, lies this town at the base of a hillock, on the top of which is a colossal statue of an elephant. There are many Hindu and Jain temples in the area. The temple of Adinath has a mandap (pillared hall) with beautiful mural paintings on its ceiling which still retain their original splendor. There is also a fine Baoli (step well).
 
 
 
 
     
 
Ghanerao
 
 
Destination Ghanerao
Location Ranakpur
State Rajasthan
Destination Type Pilgrim Centre/Holy Place
Activities
Pilgrimage/Place of worship
Located about 12km away, this town too abounds in Hindu and Jain. The Most notable of which is the temple of Gajanand (Ganesh) with a life-size statue of his consorts Ridhi and Siddhi. The statue is guarded by Hanuman and Bhairon on either side. The town also has a caste that has been converted into a heritage hotel.