RANAKPUR TEMPLES

Ranakpur temple was named after the renowned ruler of Mewar, Rana Kumbha. This temple is world famous for being one of the five most important Jain shrines in India. Made entirely of light colored marble, this temple instills awe with its engraved designs and grandeur. It was built in the fifteenth century and is known for its unique Jainism design and architecture. It is believed that, the Ranakpur temple was built in the 15th century .It is because of the complexity of the temple structure that it took around sixty five years of careful construction. The basement of this colossal temple is spread over 48000 sq. ft. There are more than 1444 marble pillars embellished with complex carvings and each pillar has a different design hence, none of the pillars are identical.

One might get surprised at the sight of the inscribed nymphs playing flute in different dance poses at a height of 45 feet. Another piece of attraction is a stunning marble piece which has 108 snake-heads and various tails carved into it with such intricacy that it is impossible to find the end of the tails. Apart from this, another amazing fact about these pillars is that their color changes from golden to pale blue as the light falls on them. In the main prayer hall, there are two huge bells of 108 kg which create a melodious and symphonic sound. This temple is adorned with twenty unique cupolas and arcades.

Ranakpur temple is undoubtedly praiseworthy for its breathtaking and marvelous architecture which makes it a famous tourist site. This temple was also nominated among the top seventy seven wonders by the committee designated to elect the Seven Wonders of the World.

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