Ranakpur Temple

Ranakpur Jain Temple (also known as Chaturmukha Dharana Vihara) is a Jain temple dedicated to Tirthankara Rishabhanatha. Ranakpur Temple is one of the largest and most important temples in Jain culture. It is considered as one of the 5 most sacred places for Jains. The structure of Ranakpur Jain Temple is highly complex, having four different doorways to get into the chambers. The construction of the temple is such that no matter which of the four doorways you use, you will end up in the main courtyard. The magnificent structure of the temple provides a celestial aesthetic to the temple. The ancient architecture is so efficient that there is no need for artificial lighting in the temple; it is only illuminated by the natural light of the sun. The scriptures in the Ranakpur Jain Temple have stories behind each of them. They talk about how the different preachers attained the state of nirvana and various lessons from their lives are carved into the walls of the temple. The temple is called Chaumukha Temple – Chau meaning four and Mukha meaning faces. This symbolizes the quest in one’s life in four dimensions which is one of the key missions of Jainism.