Ranakpur Jain Temple
The world’s renowned Ranakpur Temple is located in village of Ranakpur near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan, Ranakpur also known as the Chaumukha (Four Faced) Temple. The temple is very accessible because it locates just 95 kms in the north of Udaipur city. Devoted to Adinath, the first Jain Trithankar is three-storey building which covers over an area of more than 40,000 sq feet. It is flourished with white marble and also housed with attractive sculptures, 29 richly adornment halls, and 1,444 marble pillars. Each pillar has a unique carving which is simply alluring. The oldest temple houses four entrances in which inner sanctum holds four images of Adinath, facing the cardinal directions. Due to its finest as well as largest structure, it has gained lots of popularity not only among jainis and other cultural people as well.
Built in 15th century, Seth Dharna Sah (a Jain businessman) was the creator of this temple. He was established it with the help of Rana Kumbha, who ruled Mewar in the 15th century. The Jain Temples of Ranakpur encompass a basement covering an area of 48000 sq feet. It is supported with more than 1400 delicately swell-shaped pillars.
The temple is the finest architecture masterpiece and has four additional shrines. It boasts of 24 pillared halls with 80 domes which are supported by 400 columns. Each column is beautifully carved and the upper and lower parts of the domes are connected y brackets.