Ranakpur is famous for the beautiful Rakkur Jain Temple, which is one of the five major important pilgrimage sites in Jainism. About three to four lakh devotees and tourists go to this Jain temple every year. Udaipur is situated at a distance of 95 km north of the city, for any person traveling in the area should visit the destination. It is located in the Pali district of Rajasthan.
This temple is famous for the world’s architectural style and complex carvings which cover every inch of pillars, walls, and ceilings. Most carvings depict gods and goddesses and mythological scenes. This huge marble structure, which looks like a huge palace, is the largest temple of the Jain cult.
In the competition for the new seven wonders of the world, the temple was nominated in the top 77 wonders. This temple was built in 1439 by Seth Dharana Shah under the patronage of Maharana Kumbha, a Jain practitioner – one of the great Mewar kings.
Shah took 55 years to complete this temple. Under the leadership of a rich Jain industrialist and philanthropist, Mr. Kasturbhai Lalbhai, 21,000 dedicated workers and craftsmen worked on the construction of the temple.
The temple is actually part of a complex with four temples. Surrounded by wildlife protected areas, wood setting, peacock’s house, langur, various birds etc. Temple completes the temple in a wonderful way. The main temple is the Chamukha temple (four faces) built in 1446. It is first dedicated to Jain Tirthankar, Lord Rishabhnathji or Adinathji and it has been shaped like ‘Nalinigulam Viman’ or ‘Heavenly Aircraft’.
Built on a rectangular fortress platform with a large 48,000 square feet basement. This temple has 1,444 columns and Cluster Center Tower. There are four entrances facing each cardinal direction to enter the sanctuary. The main sanctuary is surrounded by 66 auxiliary temples, 24 pillared halls, and 80 domes. Adinatha’s marble image is in the main sanctuary.
Parasvath and Neminath are two small Jain temples facing this temple on which rising rays of sun rising and setting up the sun. The star of the 15th century is near the Surya Narayana temple. In it, there is an excellent statue of Lord Sun, operated in a chariot of seven horses.