Get in touch with your soul in the Jain Temple of Ranakpur

On the way from Udaipur and Jodhpur, in the very heart of Rajasthan, after hours driving through the lush forest, lies the splendid Jain Temple of Ranakpur, one of the most beautiful examples of architecture connected to this cult.

The Jain Temple in Ranakpur

The first big surprise when we arrived there was a large group of funny and loud little monkeys, which are the only ones, together with a great amount of birds, allowed to break the holy silence that surrounds this place. I use to say that travelling a lot may makes one lose the ability to be surprised, but looking at the white, sumptuous stairs of the temple I totally had to change my mind on that.

At the arrival, we were welcomed by a few monks dressed in white. Those were svetambara, one of the two major Jain sects, and they explained to us the rules of the temple: being barefoot is compulsory (like in most of the Indian temples), leather and public display of affection are strictly forbidden. In general, the Jainists obey to the “five laws”, which impose respect for any other living being (ahinsa), the pursuit of truth (satya), the prohibition to steal from others (asteya), chastity (brahmacharya), prohibition of personal possession (aparigrah).

I won’t spend much time talking about the architecture of the temple itself. Suffice to say that it has been built to honour master Adinath, and that it is supported by 1144 pillars, each one decorated differently. What I want to focus on is how much this place impressed me on a much deeper level.

The Jain Temple's pillars

Sitting into a recess of the temple with a view towards the forest, with the buzz of several bees keeping me company, I let my mind wander while the temple’s atmosphere washed away all my negative thoughts. Even today, when I think about a happy moment of my life, this one is among the first ones which pop out. India and its seductions surely left its mark on my soul.

I don’t want to force into this article the cliché about the spirituality of India and its miracles; I am in fact pretty sure that if you travel all the way to India specifically to find such a thing, you will probably be disappointed. I wasn’t really looking for anything, when I got involved into the charm and peace that surround these places.

What I want to suggest you is, Ranakpur is a place to see. You can travel in the region independently or with a Rajasthan Tour Packages. It may fill you up with peace and spirituality, like me, or it may not. But it surely is an experience which won’t pass unnoticed.

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Graduate in Geography, in love with our fragile planet's stunning beauty, I try to face my life and travels with new eyes. "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get"!

5 thoughts on “Get in touch with your soul in the Jain Temple of Ranakpur”

  1. Beautiful pictures! I love the idea of monkeys roaming freely around quiet, holy places. Makes it seem more down-to-earth! 😀

  2. Very well written….Being a Jain I really appreciate the post….But only one thing Chiara an earnest request in the post you have written Master Adinath, please change it. Thats our god and it should be Lord Adinath rather than master. I would sincerely request you to change that word. Apart from that the post is brilliant.

    Apart from that something truly beautiful about this place is that you look from any pillar you can see the idol of Lord Adinath.

  3. I love seeing articles for somewhere I’ve been! We hired a driver to take us from Udaipur to Jodhpur. Did you go to Kumbhalgarh as well? That was my favourite fort of the many we went to in India

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