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Ranakpur (Rajasthan)
5 sq.kms
486 m
Max 42 ºC, Min 22 ºC (summer); Max 20 ºC, Min 11 ºC (winter)
light tropical in summer, light woolen in winter
Best Season For Visit
September - March
55 C.m.
STD Code
Rajasthani, Hindi and English
Ranakpur is located in the mountain ranges of Pali district, 23 kms. away from the Phalna railway station. Ranakpur is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams and the heart capturing views drive away any fatigue of the journey. The Ranakpur Jain Temple were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns.
The complex has two other temples also, dedicated to Parasvanath and Neminath, facing the main temple. These temples are carved with exquisite figures, somewhat similar to the Khujarao sculptures. Near to Ranakpur temples in Rajasthan is another famous temple, the Sun Temple. It is dedicated to Surya (the Sun God), the master of all the planets. As per the Hindu mythology, Surya is considered to be the God of prosperity and a shining destiny in this world. The temple has polygonal walls, adorned with the carvings of warriors, horses and solar deities riding chariots.
Places For Visit
Ranakpur Temples
The main tourist attractions of Ranakpur are its famous temples. Situated approximately 90km from Udaipur, the Ranakpur temple complex is a must see. The main Chaumukha temple (Four-Faced Temple) is dedicated to Adinath, the first tirthankar. The two other Jain temples in the complex are dedicated to Neminath and Parasnath. There is also the Sun temple and the Amba Mata temple near the main complex.
Situated approximately 8 km from Ranakpur is Sadri. The main draws of Sadri include a few magnificent temples, the oldest of them being the Varahavtar Temple and the Chintamani Parasvanath Temple. There is also an old dargah, Dargah of Khudabaksh Baba here.
The town of Desuri is approximately 16 km from Ranakpur. It is famous for a number of temples. The most remarkable ones are those dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and Navi Mata. There is also an old mosque here that is worth a visit. Nearby Desuri, situated in the hills, is a temple dedicated to Parsuram Mahadeo.
Ghanerao is well known for a number of Hindu temples. The most impressive temple is that of Gajanand. The temple houses a life-size statue of the goddesses Ridhi and Siddhi. On the either of the statue are the images of Lord Hanuman and Bhairon Baba. Then there is a temple of Lord Mahavira, dating back to the 10th century. The town also has a castle, now converted into a hotel.
Lying approximately 6 km from Ranakpur, Narlai is situated at the base of a hill. Narlai is known for a number of Hindu and Jain temples. One of the temples is that of Adinath, the Jain first tirthankar. An ancient temple, it has beautiful frescoes on the ceilings of the outer mandap. A perfect place for serene walks, Narlai also houses a good baori (step-well).
Get Ranakpur
Visit by Road - An excellent network of roads links Udaipur to other cities in Rajasthan and neighboring states.
Visit by Air - Udaipur is the nearest airport, about 90 Km away. Regular flights connect Udaipur to cities like Delhi and Mumbai. You can take buses or taxis from Udaipur.
Visit by Rail - Udaipur is the nearest Railway station, which is connected to other major cities such as Jaipur, Ajmer and Delhi.

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