Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Glimpses of Ranakpur temple

Ranakpur Jain temple or Chaturmukha Dharana Vihara is a Jain temple at Ranakpur dedicated to Tirthankara Rishabhanatha. The temple is located in Ranakpur near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan.
Dharna Shah, a local Jain businessperson, started construction of the temple in the 15th century following a divine vision. Inspired by a dream of a celestial vehicle, Dharna Shah commenced its construction in 1389, under the patronage of Rana Kumbha, the then ruler of Mewar. The architect who oversaw the project was named Dwepa. There is an inscription on a pillar near the main shrine stating that in 1439 Deepaka, an architect, constructed the temple at the direction of Dharanka, a devoted Jain. The construction continued until 1458 CE. However, according to the audio guide provided to visitors to the site, construction lasted fifty years (and involved 2785 workers). Another source reports that construction continued until 1496, fifty years from 1446. The town of Ranakpur and the temple are named after the provincial ruler monarch, Rana Kumbha who supported the construction of the temple.

Click on the link below for glimpses of this marvelous temple I had captured during my visit a decade back.

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  1. Hari OM
    Considering some of Britain's cathedrals took over a 100 years to build and although impressive are nowhere near as intricate, whatever the dates, 50 years is very impressive for this build!!! What a lush architecture. Thanks for the glimpses! YAM xx

  2. Our ancient engineering and architecture were exemplary by all means! I have saved Parshvanatha with 1008 serpents while doing my Inktober in 2018. I am yet to draw it. :)