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The exceptionally beautiful Ranakpur complex, 60 kms north of Udaipur, is one of the largest and most important Jain pilgrimage town in India. It is tucked away in a remote valley of the Aravalli range and is certainly worth seeing.
Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the Jain community. 60-km from Udaipur; these temples were built in the 15th century AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall.
The main temple is the ' Chaumukha Temple ' or Four-faced temple dedicated to Adinath. Built in 1439, this huge, superbly crafted and well-kept marble temple has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, no two are alike. Within the complex are two other jain temples dedicated to ' Neminath ' and ' Parasnath ' and a little distance away, a ' Sun Temple . One kilometer from the main complex is the ' Amba Mata Temple .
Places Of Interest (Ranakpur)
Maharani Bagh Orchard Retreat
Maharani Bagh Orchard is located just 4 kms north of the famous Ranakpur Jain temple. Situated at the base of the Aravalli hills, these mango orchards were laid out in the late 19th century by the wife of Maharaja Takhat Singh of Jodhpur. The orchard has a lots of shady trees as well, and under them are several cottages with all modern amenities. The cool and peaceful atmosphere invites a large variety of exotic bird life. The guests can spend several peaceful hours watching birds or generally relaxing.