The Ranakpur Jain Temple

by Puru


May 15, 2013

Ranakpur Jain Temple

After Kumbhalgarh, we started for our next destination which was the famous Ranakpur Jain Temple. This small village is in the Pali District of Rajasthan, around 20 KM from Kumbhalgarh, however the journey is on serpentine roads on the ghats of Aravali, which although scenic, is a little time-consuming. I think it took us around a couple of hours to reach there but we did not complain as the view of the Aravalis and countryside in Rajasthan was truly good.

Dedicated to Lord Adinath, the Ranakpur temple is one of the most famous Jain temples in India. Built of white marble, it is also one of the most spectacular and stands in the league of the famous Dilwara temples of Abu. The temple was constructed in 1437 by Dharna Shah under the patronage of Rana Kumbha.

Ranakpur Jain Temple

The Temple as seen from outside

There are a few rules which need to be followed while visiting the temple. One must be dressed appropriately, the women are required to cover their body properly, even the legs. While entry is free, photography is allowed only by paying a donation of Rs 100 per camera. Mobile phone is considered a camera and even though I bought a donation ticket for my camera, was asked to get one for the mobile itself. I asked the security guard if I looked foolish enough to take photos with a mobile phone when I had a big camera in hand. Finally I gave the mobile to the security himself saying will collect it when am back. Other than camera, one must not carry anything made of leather inside and wallets, belts etc. need to deposited at the security.


Magnificent domes and carved pillars


Amazing carving on the pillars and the ceiling

The temple is a wonder in itself.  Built like a huge mountain with several peaks, it is a grand monument towering in the sky. There are said to be more than 1400 pillars in the building and not two of them are same. The carvings on the magnificent domes is of a quality rarely seen.


Details on a carved pillar

Since Ekta was wearing shorts, she stayed in the car and because of that, I cut short my visit to 20 minutes. It was only later that we came to know that they provide garments to wear in the temple. Anyway, hope the photographs will give a good enough tour to her and you all.

PS: If you have made a trip of Kumbhalgarh- Ranakpur, it is highly possible that you will be quite hungry by the time you leave the temple. There is a dharamshala in the campus where they serve meals till 1:30 PM. If you miss that and have to find a hotel, please avoid Chandra Hill Resorts in Ranakpur. It is highly overpriced and the food is bad with very small portions; but it is the haughty behaviour of the staff that acts as a major turn off.

For better resolution photographs, check Ranakpur Jain Temple, a set on Flickr.
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Puru is an IT Project Manager from Pune, India and an avid blogger. He is passionate about travel, photography, cinema and books. He blogs on Shadows Galore, Art House Cinema, The Mutinous Indian and Antarnaad.

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  1. Saru Singhal

    Such a beautiful temple. And yay! the blog is working today 🙂

    • Puru

      Thats awesome ! Hope it continues to work for you from now on.

  2. richa singh

    this is the third time i am trying to comment!! my husband belongs to pali and I havent seen this temple… thank for my next trip ke liye inspiration 🙂

    (and if I have posted this comment a third time apologies :P)

    • Puru

      Hi Richa, since you left a link in the comment the system was misreading it as a spam. Apologies that you had difficulty in commenting.

      Regarding the temple, do visit it. It is very beautiful. More so, you will find the aravali ghats very enchanting.

  3. Jahid Akhtar

    Never visited Rajasthan. I wish to see the desert.Would have to plan this year end 🙂

    • Puru

      Sure Jahid. Rajasthan is a beautiful experience 🙂

  4. Satyender S Dhull

    Informative travel description. Missed visiting this beautiful place last time.

    • Puru

      Thanks Satyender 🙂

  5. umashankar pandey

    I remember the journey to Ranakpur. Many years ago, the headlights of the bus we were travelling in conked out. It grew dark and scary as we returned -those twists and turns in the mountains.
    Very beautiful photographs.

    • Puru

      Thanks USP Ji. It will be quite scary without a headlight in those mountains. Sometimes buses are also looted there, as our driver told us.

  6. Rohan A Singh

    Wonderful Pictures.. I would love to visit this temple someday..

    • Puru

      Thanks Rohan 🙂

  7. Chailre So

    Such a wonderful pictures! It’s awesome, and it seems like to visitors will have fun enjoyments here…, won’t they?

  8. Susanta Ghosh

    I have been there , its a nice & peace full place. i would like to go again.


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