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Ranakpur Eklingji Kumbhalgarh Rishabhdev

Ranakpur
Ranakpur near Nathdwara

Ranakpur in the state of Rajasthan is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. It is home to an exceptionally beautiful temple complex in the Aravali ranges and a must visit for the tourists coming to this region.

Ranakpur is named after Rana Kumbha whom Dharna Sah, a Jain businessman, approached when he had the vision of his great temple to ask for the land for its construction. Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, Ranakpur is one of the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. Situated at a distance of around 60 km from Udaipur, these temples were constructed in the AD 1439.

Location: Ranakpur is tucked away in a remote valley in the Aravali range. It is situated around 60 km north of Udaipur in Pali district and boasts of one of the largest and most important Jain Temples in the country. The place is well connected through a road network to other places in the region.

Best Time To Visit: July to April


Eklingji
Eklingji near Nathdwara

The Eklingji temples located here, are exquisitely carved and dedicated to Lord Shiva, guardian deity of Mewar. This deity was regarded as the virtual ruler, by the Maharajas of Mewar - who considered themselves to be regents (Dewans) under Eklingji. Built In: The temple, built in AD 734.

Description:

Bappa Rawal the founder of Mewar regime fabricated the temple of enormous and enduring pulchritude. This awe-inspiring exquisite temple embodies 108 temples, concomitant with the number of beads in the rudrakh garland used for meditation.

The Eklingji temple engrosses an area of about 2500 sq. feet and is about 65 feet in height. The temple zone is entrenched with a colossal wall that is girdling the entire complex. The extensive assembly room inside the shrine is raised on the profusely designed pillars and also the main gate way to the temple complex. The hall is embellished with a beautiful silver structure of Nandi, besides this there are 2 more images in the temple, one made of black stone and the other of brass metal. This temple is said to have been founded by Acharya Viswaroopa a contemporary of Adi Sankaracharya and is linked with the Sharada Math at Dwaraka founded again by Adi Sankaracharya.
The main entrance to the temple on the Western side welcomes visitors into a big hall resting on profusely carved pillars. In this hall, is a silver image of Nandi. There are two more Nandis in the temple, one made of black stone and the other of brass.

Other deities housed in the temple complex include Parvati, Ganesh, Ganga, Kartikeya , Yamuna and Saraswathi. There are also small temples dedicated to Ambamata, Kalka Mata and Ganesh in the temple complex. There is another temple called Nathon Ka Mandir in the temple complex with inscriptions dating back to the 10th century CE. No worship is offered here.


Kumbhalgarh

In plastic world, this one is a solid misfit. Kumbhalgarh near Nathdwara But remember, in its 400 years of service, the Kumbalgarh fortress was breached only once and only as far as its first gate. The fortress extends over 12 kilometres and enclosed as many as 252 palaces. The battlements snake through the surrounding landscape and are said to resemble the Great Wall of China in their conception. Now if only the Rajputs had extended their reign a bit, we'd have a piece of India visible from space.The temples inside the fort, mostly ruins now, date back to the Mauryan period and were apparently built during the reign of Emperor Ashoka's grandson.

History of Kumbhalgarh: Kumbhalgarh is known for its historical fort. Kumbhalgarh fort is the second most important fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. This fort was built in 15th century AD by Rana Kumbha between 1445 and 1458 AD. The massive fort, encompassed by a 36 km long wall, has seven majestic gates and seven ramparts, one within the other which are ideal for nature trail. The Last gate-the 'Nimboo Pol' has fascinating chambers. According to history, the infant Udai Singh who later founded Udaipur, was smuggled from Bundi and was hidden in these chambers to save himself from his murderous intentions of his uncles. The fort has witnessed many heroic deeds of great warriors. This formidable fort fell only once to the army of Akbar and that too because the water supply was contaminated by the enemy forces. Location

Best Time To Visit: October to February.


Rishabhdev

The main tourist attraction in Dhuler is the Rishabdeo temple. Rishabhdev near Nathdwara For Jains and Bhils while making an Udaipur tour a visit to the Rishabdeo temple nearby Udaipur is a must. Lord Mahavira is the founder of the Jainism sect and Rishabdeo is said to one of his forms. The idol in the Rishabdeo temple is about 1 meter tall and it is made up of black marble. It is located in the midst of the highway that leads to Ahmedabad. The Bhils find some familiarity with the black marble idol of Rishabdeo with their dark-skin complexion. While the Jains believe that the idol is related to the reign of Rama and Sita. The Bhils has great regards for the Rishabdeo temple, as they believe that all their desires and wants are fulfilled over here.


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