Ranakpur Jain Temple

 Ranakpur Jain Temple

Ranakpur Jain Temple

I visited the Ranakpur Jain Temple on my way to Udaipur. Before entering the temple we had food in the temples dining area a big hall that served food at a very reasonable cost. The temple is supposedly there as it is the centre of the universe. I found it intriguing to learn about Jainism at the temple a religion I know little about. Apparently Ghandis father was of the Jain religion.

The renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur is dedicated to Tirthankara Adinatha. Local legend has it that Dharma Shah, a local Jain businessperson, started construction of the temple in the 15th century following a divine vision. The temple honours Adinath, the first Tirthankar and founder of the Jain religion. The town of Ranakpur and the temple are named after the provincial ruler monarch, Rana Kumbha who supported the construction of the temple.

Ranakpur is a village located in Desuri tehsil near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan in western India. It is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur. 162 km from Jodhpur and 91 km from Udaipur, in a valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range. The wikipedia page has more details on this Jain Temple.

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