Ranakpur

The Jain community has a history closely interwined with that of the Hindus of Mewar. Rana Kumbha gave a large tract of land to the Jains in the 15th century in a very deep valley in the Aravallis. In that quiet and picturesque valley lies the remarkable 15th century Jain temples of Ranakpur. Though over 500 years old, the temples here are superbly preserved in a near-perfect condition. In the centre is the main Chaumukha temple dedicated to Adinath. The most distinctive features are the 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, of which no two are exactly alike. Every conceivable surface is carved and every corner and angle is engraved with Jain images.