This Jain temple is located in Ranakpur on the harrowing route between Udaipur and Jodhpur in northern India.
Jain temples have more restrictions than the majority of India’s temples. Shoes must be removed. It is said that there are some 4000 pillars and no two are the same. Because I took so many photos of the pillars they have their own post, WPC: Ornate Pillars in the Jain Temple at Ranakpur
Jainism is a separate religion that follows Mahariva, a 6th century contemporary of Buddha. It is similar to both Hinduism and Buddhism in its belief of reincarnation and karma but rejects many of the other principles.The entire temple is constructed of intrically-carved white marble. A detail of some of the carving.
A giant tree grows up through the middle of the temple.
A Jain ‘jina’ covered with silver leaf and flowers. The temple is filled with peace and enchantment. Many of the Jains wear masks over their faces so that they won’t accidentally inhale and cause the death of an insect.
A black door set into the carved white marble Jain temple is located in Ranakpur.More about our 2010 trip to India.