Ranakpur, Adinatha Jain Temple • Rajasthan, India

Immerse yourself in the dazzling white marble of the Jain Adinatha Temple in Ranakpur, a precious gem of Rajasthan. In less than six minutes, let yourself be transported to a place imbued with spirituality, a veritable symphony of stone born from a woman's dream. Forget time, float among the 1444 carved columns, each one unique, and feel the eternity of Jainism. Discover the history of this impressive monument, the fruit of labor and devotion. The ancient world is revealed, the time of a video. The secrets of Jainism and the divine architecture of this majestic temple await your gaze. Look, marvel, learn.

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Between Jodhpur and Udaipur, in Rajasthan in northern India, there is a village (or small town) called Ranakpur which has one of the finest and largest Jain temples in India.


Jainism is one of the main religions of India. Less known than Hinduism, Buddhism or Sikhism, Jainism is nonetheless one of the oldest, if not the oldest of all.

Jainism is the synthesis of the teachings of 24 successive Tirthankaras, codified by the last Tirthankara, Rishabhanatha. Rishabhanatha is also known as Adinatha.

But what is a Tirthankara? The comparison is perhaps a little bold, but just as Sikhism had its 10 gurus (the 11th being the book named guru Granth Sahib, recording the synthesis of the teachings of the first 10), Jainism had its 24 Tirthankara. A Tirthankara is a spiritual master, a savior having succeeded in breaking the cycle of perpetual rebirths. The last Tirthankara was contemporary with Buddha, in the 6th century BC. His predecessor, Parshvanatha lived 250 years before him. This gives an idea of ​​the age of the doctrine. Obviously, a part of myth exists in Jainism as in all religions. Methuselah's age is also not to be taken literally... In reality, Jainism is even more complex, since each cosmic cycle is supposed to produce 24 Tirthankaras. But no need to know the Jainist cosmogony to admire their temples, and that of Ranakpur is certainly one of the most impressive...

Adinatha Jain Temple

Adinatha is one of the names by which Rishabhanatha, the 24th Tirthankara, is known. The temple is also known as Chaturmukha Dharana Vihara.

A wealthy 14th century Jain businesswoman, Darna Shah, had a divine vision prompting her to build a temple in honor of Rishabhanatha (Abinatha).

The construction of the temple is well documented on copper plates dating back to 1436. Construction began in 1389 and continued until 1458.

The temple is notable for its intricate carvings and quirky architecture, shaped like a celestial vehicle as Darna Shah (the wealthy 15th century businesswoman) saw it in her dreams.

The temple is built entirely of white marble.


about the place, Ranakpur:

Between Jodhpur and Udaipur is a small town called Ranakpur which is known worldwide for its magnificent Jain marble temple.


Spoken comments in the film: 

The temple of Adinatha is one of the largest and most beautiful Jain constructions in India



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Ranakpur, Adinatha Jain temple, Ranakpur, Rajasthan • India
Temple of Adinatha seen from the outside, Ranakpur • India • Rajasthan

Temple of Adinatha seen from the outside

Adinatha temple ceiling, Ranakpur • India • Rajasthan

Adinatha temple ceiling

carved columns of the temple of Adinatha, Ranakpur • India • Rajasthan

carved columns of the temple of Adinatha

marble elephant in the temple of Adinatha, Ranakpur • India • Rajasthan

marble elephant in the temple of Adinatha

Ranakpur, Rajasthan, India

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