Ranakpur – The Temple Town of Rajasthan

Ranakpur is a quaint town located in the district Pali in Rajasthan. The town gives a holy aura as soon as you step into the town via railway, bus or car. Every nook and corner of town has a beautiful temple dedicated to the sanctity of a distinct Godly figure. A lot of tourists, with unfulfilled wishes in the bosom of their heart, visit the town to offer prayers to the mighty lord. One of the famous temples thronged by devotees all round the year is the Jain temple, carved in pure marble. The town falls in the midway of Udaipur and Jodhpur and can be easily accessed via any public transport.

Ranakpur The Temple Town of Rajasthan Suparshavanath Temple

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Here’s what to do in Ranakpur.

The Holy Jain Temple

The Jain temple located in the heart of the town is literally its live wire. It is the predominant attraction for the tourists from all the corners of the country and abroad. The glorious temple is sprawled over an area of 40,000 sq km, supported on 1444 pillars, with each and every pillar exquisitely carved with intricate artwork and artifacts. In fact, the caretakers of the temple claim that this temple is the best exemplary for the splendor associated with the Jain architecture. The temple is dedicated to the Jain deity Adinath.

Ranakpur The Temple Town of Rajasthan The Holy Jain Temple

Sadri

This is a small town located at a distance of 6km from the city. The town has gained world’s attention for being home to a large group of temples sprawled throughout the streets and corners. The Dargah of Khudabaksh Baba is one of the oldest holy places signified for endowing mental peace and wealth among its devotees. The other popularly visited temples are the Chintamani Parsvanath temple and the Varahavtar temple.

Ranakpur The Temple Town of Rajasthan The Holy Jain Temple 2

Narlai

This small temple is located at the foot of a hill and located at a distance of 6km from Ranakpur. This city is counted as a significant place, especially known for its eminent Jain and Hindu temples. Each one of these temples is beautifully adorned with spectacular carvings, exemplary of the beauty of its religious affinities. One of the temples is devoted to the might of Lord Adinath, the first Thirthankara of the Jain religion.

Ranakpur The Temple Town of Rajasthan Adinath Temple

Muchhal Mahavir Temple

Muchhal, as the name signifies long moustaches, is one of the revered temples among the Jain followers. The temple has one-of-its-kind statue of Lord Mahavira with a long moustache. At the entrance, two huge sized elephants are erected in the guarding postures. The temple is located around 5 km away from Ghanerao Village. The temple can be easily accessed by car, public bus or any other personal vehicle from Ranakpur. After visiting the temple, the tourists hop on the buses heading for the Garasia tribal village, which has become popular over the recent years for its traditional colorful costumes.

Ranakpur is a queer yet a popular town, especially among the devotees of Hindu and Buddhism religion. Away from the barren lands of Udaipur, Ranakpur offers a retreating weekend religious excursion for those who have great value for Hindu and Buddhism religions.

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