Day 6 Monday
Located 96 km from Udaipur, Ranakpur is one of the five main holy places for Jains. Its history dates back to the 15th century when Rana Kumbha of Mewar gave a large stretch of land in a quite and picturesque valley, deep in the Aravalli, to the Jains. Although over 500 years old, these temples are well preserved and are almost in perfect condition. The central temple is the Chaumaukha temple. Dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain tirthankar (saint), this three-story temple is the most complex and extensive in design. It has 29halls, 80domesand 1,444pillars. What is interesting here is the fact that no two pillars are alike. Each of these pillars is covered with the most intricate carvings. The grace with which these pillars are arranged, the tasteful admixture of domes of different heights with flat ceilings, and the mode in which light is introduced, combine to produce an excellent effect. Not only the pillars, but every conceivable surface is carved with equal delicacy. Within the complex are other temples, though not as magnificent as the Chaumukha, enhancing the charm of this beautiful place. The musical chimes of the temple bells, the gentle breeze flowing through the carved corridors and the serenity of the surroundings tempts you to spend more relaxed moments here than you may have planned. Few places in Rajasthan can match the ambience of Ranakpur.
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