Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinity II (Ranakpur Jain Temple – more images)

Tony answered my plea for more photos of the Jain temple at Ranakpur and I just had to share them with you. I’ve been to a jain temple myself, it was lovely, very calm and serene but Ranakpur is mesmerising in its beauty. Enjoy!

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Gilly asked me if I would post some more images of the Jain Temple at Ranakpur, Rajasthan.

The 500 year old temple sits in a splendid walled compound in a State Nature Reserve, designed on an unusual cruciform axis.

There are times when the marble carving is mistaken for lace, such is its intricacy. Elephants abound.

Non-Jains are not allowed in the temples of Jain Saints, but don’t worry the meal in the Temple kitchens is an exciting enough experience. If you visit don’t miss out.

There’s nowhere to stay if you visit, though literally around a corner outside the Temple I found a beautifully sited State-run hotel that had not yet woken from the 1940’s. The manager told me no one stayed at the sad neglected hotel because it was not advertised. A lick or two of paint and some minor upgrading would restore the old girl close to its former glory. I stayed the night…

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