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Ranakpur Jain Temple

Beautiful Architecture
The Chaumaukha Mandir, which literally it means Four Faced Temple, is the main temple complex here. The structure of the temple is all about unparalleled beauty of milk white marble and distinguished architecture. The temple has about nine basements, 84 idols of gods and demi gods and a perplexing array of of 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, with no two pillars alike which offer a spectacular view to the beholders. The knotted carvings of the interiors adorned with engravings of Jain saviors, plant and floral motifs, are a special attraction. The sense of space, peace and harmony is reflected through the pale interiors.

Must See - Must Do
If time is not running from your hands, count the pillars in the temple complex, which is believed to be impossible. See all the statues that face one or the other image, facing all cardinal directions and a beautiful carving that is made out of a single marble rock with 108 snake heads and many tails. Also try to find the end of the these tails which again is very hard. The amazing thing about the temple is that the temple was nominated as one of the top 77 wonders in a contest for the new seven wonders of the world.

Within the temple complex there are other two Jain temples which are devoted to Neminath and Parasnath, also known as the Patriyon Ka Mandir, famous for the pierced windows studded with Jain figures and pictures of attendants of maidens. Also a Sun Temple close by is worth visiting where the exquisite idol of Sun God in his chariot is drawn by seven horses. Make a trip to Amba Mata Temple about 1 km away from the main complex. Enter from any of the four entrances in the temple and reach the main complex.

Excursion Trips
Kumbhalgarh: Travel to 30 km north to Ranakpur and you reach Kumbhalgarh. The significant fort here a prime attraction for the tourists. Travelers also like to the go wild with the safaris in Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sadri: The place is known for some beautiful temples and an old dargah of Khudabaksh Baba. The Varahavtar temple and the Chintamani Parsvanath temple are the oldest of the temples situated here.

Jain Golden Temple in Falna: This small town of Rajasthan has a strong hold for tourists. The tradition and culture breathes in the air of the village. It is the place where Jain community had built the first temple.

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