Ranakpur is a village in Pali district of Rajasthan, India. It is situated between Udaipur and Jodhpur. Major attraction of this place is Jain Temple. This place is named after Rana Kumbha. He has contributed land for the construction of carved Jain Temple. Ranakpur is one of the 5 important pilgrim places of Jains. All Jain festivals celebrate so grandly here. Along with Jain festivals, Hindu festivals such as Makar Sankranti, Hoil and Diwali celebrate here.
What to see in Ranakpur:
Jain Temple: Lord Adinath is worshipped here. He was the first Jain Tirthankara. During the rule of Rana Kumbh, Rajput Monarch, this temple was built in 15th century AD. Rana Kumbh had given this land for the construction of this temple. Dhanna Shah is the founder of the temple. This temple dates back to 500 years old.
Temple complex consists of 80 domes, 29 pillared halls 4 subsidiary shrines. Domes were supporting by 1444 pillars. Carving of these pillars is so beautiful. Other attractions of this temple are two big bells in the assembly hall. Weight of each bell is 108kgs. Temple complex consists of several other Jain temples. Major Jain temple is Parshvanath temple. This temple is famous for engraved widows. Near this temple, 2 other temples were situated. One temple is dedicated to Lord Sun and other belongs to 22nd Jain Tirthankara.
Suryanarayana Temple: This temple is famous for innumerable wall projections of circular structure. Temple is dedicated to lord Sun. Near this temple, other attraction is Amba Mata Temple. It is located 1kms away from Suryanarayana Temple.
What to see around Ranakpur:
Narlai: It is located 6kms away from Ranakpur. This place is known for several Jain and Hindu temples. One of the Jain temples is dedicated to Lord Adinath, first Tirthankar. This temple is known for its beautiful architecture and mural paintings.
Sadri: It is located 8kms away from Ranakpur. This place is famous for group of temples. These temples include old Dargah of Khudabaksh Baba. In this group of temples, main temples are Chintamani Parsvanath Temple, Varahavtar Temple.
Desuri: It is located 16kms away from Ranakpur. This place is known for temple complex which consist of temples of Navi Mata, Lord Hanuman and Lord Shiva. Another attraction of this place is an old mosque.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 33kms away from Ranakpur. Large varieties of wild animals such as nilgai, smabhar, jungle cat, jackal etc can be seen here.
Mucchal Mahavir Temple: It is located 33kms away from Ranakpur. This temple is situated within the wildlife sanctuary. Lord Mahavir is worshipped here. At the gateway of this temple two elephants welcome the visitors of this temple.
Getting to Ranakpur: Only way to reach this place is through road way. From Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur buses come to this place. From Udaipur it will take two hrs to reach Ranakpur. Nearest railway station is Falna station which is 35kms away from Ranakpur. It is located between Delhi and Ahmedabad route. Dabok airport in Udaipur is the nearest airport from Ranakpur. This airport is well connected with Mumbai and Delhi. Buses and Cabs are available to reach Ranakpur from this airport.
Getting around Ranakpur: Private Vehicles and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Ranakpur.
Best time to visit Ranakpur: Best time to visit Ranakpur is between October to February.
Where to stay in Ranakpur: Budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available to stay at Ranakpur. Cost of Budget hotels is ranging between Rs.600 to Rs.1000 per day.
Where to eat in Ranakpur: Inside the temple complex Jain food is available. Best option to have food is in-house restaurants of the hotels. Indian as well as International cuisines are available here.