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Hindu Sun Temple
Built dating back to the 8th century AD, the Hindu Sun Temple is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya. It is housed with attractive carvings and patterns of chariots, warriors on horses and other sun deities.

After the destruction of sun temple at Ranakpur it was rebuilt in 15th century. This temple built in the classic Nagara style displays an abundance of convoluted sculptural work. It is built of white lime stone, and is very intricately ornamented.

This temple faces east, and it has a chamber crowned with ashikhara, and an octogonal mandapa. The mandapa has six courtyards. The outcrops on the exterior of the sanctum are sculpted with images of the Sun God seated on a chariot of nurture horses. The mandap houses have carved pillars. Sculpted toranas join the columns, leading to the sanctum.The grand temple complex is dedicated to the Jain Thirthankara Adinatha - the Chaumukh temple with 29 halls with 1444 pillars. This marble temple dates back to 15th century.

Facing to the east, this temple has a chamber designed with a shikhara and an octogonal mandapa preceding the sanctum. The octogonal mandapa has six verandas. The planned exquisite exterior of the sanctum are flourished with icons of the Sun God seated on a chariot rearing horses. The mandap has beautiful carved pillars with lathe turned capitals. The sanctum also designed with toranas join the columns.

Ranakpur Jain Temple Hindu Sun Temple  

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