Travel Photo of the Moment Ranakpur Jain Temple

The Travel Photo of the Moment is of the Ranakpur Jain Temple and was taken by mckaysavage

India - Udaipur - 031 - carved elephant in the Ranakpur Jain Temple-mckaysavage222

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Ranakpur is a relatively small village located in western India, but it is home to one of the most stunning sights in the world, a grand Jain temple. The temple is supported by 1,444 intricately detailed marble pillars and can be easily recognized by its distinctive domes and cupolas from its façade. Although the temple has not been dated with complete certainty, most estimates place the temple as having been built anywhere from the 14th century to the 15th century. You can see various carvings on and inside the temple, such as a stunning carving from a single slab of marble that was made into 108 snakes. It’s inspiration was sparked from the idea of a celestial vehicle of sorts and it was designed by Dhanna Shah. The building has been renovated and up kept since it’s creation. Rankpur Jain Temple considered one of the greatest wonders in all of India, and should defiantly be visited on your stay!

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