India - Udaipur - 031 - carved elephant in the Ranakpur Jain Temple

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    Sun-lit columns and a marble elephant of one quadrant of the Ranakpur Jain Temple. You can see the intricate detail on the many columns, each one reported to be unqiue.

    The temple is a fabuous site, well worth the visit, a couple hours drive from Udaipur.

    Built in the 14th or 15th century, this temple was built by 3 generations. Done in marble, with domes and entranes at each of the 4 cardinal directions, it supposedly sports 144 towers and 1444 columns, all intricately carved and unique. The detail is fabulous. Like many Rajastani sites we visited, the temple happily incorporates Greek, Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu influences to its architecture.

    What was perhaps the most interesting to me however was not its architecture, but its pristine condition and cleanliness. I have seen other sites of beautiful carvings and construction that awed, but unlike those, this is not a crumbling archeological site or recreated museum - it is a living, active temple. The carvings were as crisp as 500 years ago, the care in the temple as strong. It was like seeing the Anthens Acropolis while it was still in use.

    Bumblebee, maniraptor, lo.tangelini, and 26 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    2. LeszekZadlo 70 months ago | reply

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    3. lo.tangelini 70 months ago | reply

      Wow, is beautiful !!!!
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    4. LeszekZadlo 70 months ago | reply

      Award from: 100 + Viewed Best Architecture Photos (add 1, award 1)

    5. Eddi van W. 65 months ago | reply

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    6. <DEEPAK GUPTA> 59 months ago | reply


      Please add this beautiful photo to CITRIT,Best of yours!
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    9. Gatis.P 53 months ago | reply

      This photo has been included in website Wondermondo - an armchair guide to world attractions, description of religious buildings of the world. Many thanks for this beautiful picture!

    10. gelexi 47 months ago | reply

      great Temple of adinath bhagvan. and wonderful art with marvels theams.

    11. daynoir 46 months ago | reply

      Amazing! Great capture.

      -saw this in Mark (LP)'s Temples Gallery --saw this in Mark (LP)'s Temples Gallery -

    12. cyanne3 46 months ago | reply

      So delicate in the carving, one must think that it will fal appart. Incredible!!!! I did not see that site when I was in India.

    13. clynAZ 46 months ago | reply

      So elegant! You've captured the lighting beautifully. We used it on as the photo for Udaipur, India in the article Enchanting Neighborhoods In Rajasthan, India Thanks!

    14. snapshotsofindia 37 months ago | reply


      Thanks for sharing this lovely picture of India under cc-by licence.
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