Rajasthan: The Beautiful Ranakpur Jain Temple

One of my favorite postings of Richard.

Living in the Embrace of Arunachala

Jain architecture is said to have attained its peak in the temple of Ranakpur. The Ranakpur Jain Temple is one of the finest in the world. It is characterized by the extensive and finely wrought white marble carvings that cover every surface: the walls, pillars, altars – everywhere. When the Mughal emperor Akbar visited this temple, probably in the late 1500s, he was so full of admiration that he had an inscription made on one of the columns which says that no one ever will be allowed to destroy this jewel of architecture. (This was probably some time after Mughals defeated the Mewars at the Battle of Haldighati in 1576.)

The temple is more than 500 years old. It was started in 1439 (or 1446, depending on which research you read) under the patronage of Rana Kumbha, ruler of Mewar (for whom them temple is named). It was envisioned…

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