Ranakpur Tourism

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Ideal Duration : 1 day Best Time : October to March
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"A Spiritual Oasis in Aravali" Ranakpur Tourism Ranakpur is a small quaint town nestled amid the secluded valley of Aravali Ranges in Rajasthan. Situated around 96 km North of Udaipur in Pali district, it is an important destination for Jain pilgrims. The place presents a unique spectacle of verdant greenery and gushing streams, an unusual sight in Rajasthan. Immersed in the vibrant culture with a myriad of enrapturing beauty in store, Ranakpur has made its way on the list of must-visit destinations in Rajasthan.It is named after Rana Kumbha, who donated some land for the place. There are many temples dedicated to different Tirthankaras in Jainism like Adinatha, Parasnath and Chaumukha Temple with marvellous architectures. Rightly nicknamed as 'A spiritual oasis in Aravalli', Ranakpur is a place with mesmerising beauty that will leave you awe-inspired with a rejuvenated soul. Download Ranakpur PDF Guide > What's Great? A beautiful confluence of nature and culture. What's not so Great? It is primarily a religious and cultural destination with Temples being the major attractions. Other than that, there's little to explore. For Whom Ranakpur is a popular destination for Jain pilgrims. It is an ideal destination for history lovers and spiritual seekers. The famous Adinath temple is nothing short of an architectural marvel with an interesting history associated with it.

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A Spiritual Oasis in Aravalli Ranakpur Jain Temple- Another Masterpiece of Jain Architecture Dedicated to Lord Adinath, the first Tirthankara of Jains, Ranakpur is one of the most important pilgrim sites for Jains. The majestic temple was built in the 15th century during the reign of Rana Kumbha. A renowned businessman of the time, Dharna Shah went to the king with his vision and was eventually offered the land to build the temple. Interestingly, the name of the place is derived from the name of the king himself. Adinath Temple: Spread over an area of around 48,000 sq.ft, 1444 light-tinted marble pillars support the structure of temple which includes four subsidiary shrines, 29 pillared halls and 80 domes. Notably, no two pillars have the same design carved on them. It is also said that it is impossible to count all the pillars at once. Chaumukha Temple: One distinctive feature of this temple lies in is the exquisite carving of a statue out of one marble which has 108 snakes. It faces in all the four directions and is known as 'Chaumukha' in Jainism. All the statues in the temple face each other. This temple, with its distinctively carved domes, ?shikhara?, turrets and cupolas, rises royally from the hill. History of Ranakpur Set amidst the grand cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur in Rajasthan, with their sumptuous history and extravagant heritage, lies a small village town by the name of Ranakpur, in the Pali district of the land of the colourful melange of forts, palaces, delicious cuisines, ravishing outfits and warm & dear hospitality. Ranakpur has long been known to be one of the most important and fascinating Jain temple complexes to have ever been built. The vast number of marble pillars which are very intricately carved to be similar but not the same are said to be 1,444 in total according to popular belief and stand firm across the entire temple complex, which is said to cover an area of over 48,000 square feet. The history of the construction of the architectural marvel, that is Ranakpur is said to have all begun from a vivid dream that a local and wealthy Jain businessman, by the name of Dharma Shah had - in which he envisioned paying homage to the First Tirthankar of the Jain religion - Lord Adinath, also known as Lord Rishabhanatha by building a magnificent temple in his honour. After this divine reverie, Dharma Shah went to the then Rajput monarch of the time - Rana Kumbha, to seek his patronage in building this temple. In the 15th century, the construction of the temple complex began under the support of King Rana Kumbha, who not only generously provided funds but also a huge plot of land to Dharma Shah, to build this temple on. To honour the invaluable support of the monarch - the temple and the township around it were named Ranakpur after the name ?Rana Kumbha?. Ranakpur Festival The sacred town of Ranakpur witnesses an annual festival in the month of October. South Indian Bharatnatyam and Rajasthani folk performances are the main highlights along with the renditions by renowned dance performers and vocal artists. Tourists from all over the country visit Ranakpur during the festival. Cultural programmes are held at ?Muktakash?, an outdoor auditorium at the Surya Mandir aka Sun Temple. One can also enjoy Jungle Jeep Safaris and craft fair during the festival. Important Tips Leather products are not allowed inside the temple. Non Jains are allowed inside the temple only between 12 PM to 5 PM. Morning hours are dedicated for prayers only.

One Day Itinerary Day 1- Reach Ranakpur, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main market for a stroll, where you can buy precious curios and souvenirs, especially silver jewellery and gemstones. Day 2- The 2nd day should be the ideal time for starting your trip through Ranakpur Jain Temples, after which you can proceed to the ancient Surya Narayan Temple, which is another architectural wonder worth a visit in Ranakpur.

Oct-Maris the best time to visit Ranakpur Lying in the tropical climatic zone, Ranakpur experiences typical hot and dry summers. The maximum temperature during the season rises up to 42 degrees Celcius resulting in scorching heat. Monsoon receives scanty rainfalls but drops in temperature are observed. Winters with mercury varying between 11 and 20 degrees Celcius are recommended as the best time to explore the town. Ranakpur Festivalis one of the major attractions which is held in October. Tourists from all over the country visit Ranakpur during the festival. Weather in Ranakpur Loading... Ranakpur in Summer (March - June) This is the least advisable time for a visit to this destination, with the temperatures going beyond 35 degrees Celcius. The days are hot & unbearable if you're visiting in the months of May & June. Ranakpur in Monsoon (July - September) Although the monsoon season receives scanty rainfall, this is a nice time to visit Ranakpur, as the hilly area turns a lively green owing to the rainfall, making it a place worth a visit. This is the best time for budget travellers, who can expect huge discounts at this time.   Ranakpur in Winter (October - February) Beginning from October, the winter season is the most advisable time for a visit to Ranakpur. The months from October - February is a nice time for a visit when the climate is pleasant and the ambience lovely. This is also the peak season for travellers.    Monthly Weather in Ranakpur Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C) January 9 24 February 12 29 March 17 34 April 24 39 May 27 41 June 29 38 July 25 33 August 24 30 September 24 34 October 19 33 November 12 31 December 10 28

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