Jain Temple Ranakpur

Jain Temple Ranakpur

The Jain Temple in Ranakpur, a village between Udaipur and Jodhpur, is one of the largest and most important temples of Jainism, an ancient Indian religion. The complex consists of several temples. The main temple, spreading over 4,500 square meter, is the 15th century Chaturmukha temple dedicated to Adinath. It is pretty amazing, consisting of 29 halls, 80 intricately decorated domes and 426 columns. There are three smaller, equally beautiful temples, within the complex. To me this temple is on par with the most beautiful baroque and renaissance churches in Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Ranakpur Jain Temple
A ceiling inside the Chaturmukha temple
Ranakpur Jain Temple
The maze of columns inside the Chaturmukha temple
Ranakpur Jain Temple
One of the smaller temples
Ranakpur Jain Temple
A close-up of some of the explicit erotic sculptures