The road from Jojawar to Ranakpur passes through interesting rocky country and small towns. Ranakpur is the site of an enormous, beautiful Jain temple, the Adinath Chaumukha Mandir.
1Road from Jojawar to Ranakpur The somewhat arid land here is covered with isolated trees and cactus-like bushes.
2Road from Jojawar to Ranakpur A curious mosque along the road
3Road from Jojawar to Ranakpur It does not take many cows to block such a narrow road. The plain is interspersed with odd rock outcroppings.
4Road from Jojawar to Ranakpur We stopped for photos in a village along the way.
5Road from Jojawar to Ranakpur Village scene with market, turbans, cow and -- yes -- a pig.
6Road from Jojawar to Ranakpur Another colorful village, with women selling flowers
7d from Jojawar to Ranakpur There was a celebration on the return of a group who had made a pilgrimage to Haridwar. They had brought back Ganga water, which must be what is in the recipient the young woman is balancing on her head.
8Road from Jojawar to Ranakpur Fort on top of a rock rising from the surrounding plain
9Ranakpur Ranakpur, in a green valley, is the site of several temples, notably the huge Jain Adinatha Temple, which itself is worth the trip.
10Ranakpur The Adinatha Temple is named after the first Jain tirthankara (he who has passed the ford, i.e., reached the Jain version of nirvana)
11Ranakpur The interior of the Adinatha Temple is literally breath-taking.
12Ranakpur The temple contains 1400 beautifully-carved white pillars.
13Ranakpur The central dome of the temple, which was restored at the end of the 19th century after centuries of neglect.
14Ranakpur The pillars seem to lead you on to ... infinity?
15Ranakpur Another dome, the roof of one of 29 halls in the temple
16Ranakpur Example of the delicate carving on the columns
17Ranakpur A dancing lady and others
18Ranakpur The Parshva Plaque shows the 23rd Jain tirthankara, Parshvanatha, who lived in the -7th or -8th century. He is protected by a thousand-hooded cobra.
19Ranakpur Looking out from a porch towards a hilltop Hindu temple
20Ranakpur Surrounding green mountains and wall of Adinatha Temple
21Ranakpur European tourist at the Adinatha Temple
22Ranakpur American tourist at the Adinatha Temple
23Ranakpur Carved lions and elephants
24Ranakpur Nice carved elephant
25Ranakpur Gorgeous pillars and a priest in red robes