Gilly asked me if I would post some more images of the Jain Temple at Ranakpur, Rajasthan.
The 500 year old temple sits in a splendid walled compound in a State Nature Reserve, designed on an unusual cruciform axis.
There are times when the marble carving is mistaken for lace, such is its intricacy. Elephants abound.
Non-Jains are not allowed in the temples of Jain Saints, but don’t worry the meal in the Temple kitchens is an exciting enough experience. If you visit don’t miss out.
There’s nowhere to stay if you visit, though literally around a corner outside the Temple I found a beautifully sited State-run hotel that had not yet woken from the 1940’s. The manager told me no one stayed at the sad neglected hotel because it was not advertised. A lick or two of paint and some minor upgrading would restore the old girl close to its former glory. I stayed the night, ate and drank in fine style as a guest of the manager and the chef but had to be up in the black dawn at 5am to catch the only bus that day to my next. destination, Mount Abu.
For details of temple can be found on the website http://www.jaindharmonline.com/pilgri/ranak.htm, all the others are a bit slipshod.
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The Sun Temple in the grounds of Ranakpur
Elephants are everywhere.
What did I tell you…