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Rankapur temple

Built in the 15th century, Ranakpur Temple is praised world-wide for their intricate architectural style.It is known to be the largest and most important temples of the Jain religion. Located in village of Ranakpur near Pali district of Rajasthan, it lies at a distance of 95 kms in the north of Udaipur city.
Below is a photo story on the ever so enchanting temple along with a few facts. All photos are clicked by my Moto G2 😀

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The outer view of the Jain Temple.

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Over 1400 exclusively carved pillars makes the temple an architectural marvel.

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Built wholly by marble, the temple covers a area of 48000 sq feet

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Entrance of the Chaumukha temple, dedicated to Lord Adinath.

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It has 24 pillared halls with 80 domes that are supported by 400 columns

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You would be amazed to see at a height of 45 feet engraved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures.

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Each column is intricately carved and it is surprising to know that no two columns have the similar design.

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The five spires elevate above the walls and around 20 cupolas rise from roof of the pillared hall.

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It makes for an ideal getaway from Udaipur city

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Apart from this, another stunning act about these columns is that they change their color from golden to pale blue after every hour during the day.

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Each spire houses a shrine and the largest shrine is the important one that addresses the central altar. The temple ceilings are festooned with foliate scrollwork and geometric patterns.

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It is due to the intricacy of the structure that the temple took approximately 65 years to complete.

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Ranakpur Temple was also nominated among the top 77 wonders, while deciding for new Seven Wonders of the World.

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