132 – Ranakpur Jain Temple Mandalas

Ranakpur Jain Temple - photo by Sudhagee
Ranakpur Jain Temple – photo by Sudhagee

Mumbai-based blogger of My Favourite Things, Sudhagee, posted this image collection on her blog post about her travels to the Jain Temples in Rajasthan: Bhandasar, Jaisalmer, Lodhrava & Ranakpur. The Ranakpur Jain Temple houses this collection of stone-carved mandalas.

Here’s what Sudhagee states about Ranakpur:

The interiors of the temple cannot be described in mere words, at least I am not capable of doing so. All I can say is that every surface, except the floor, is carved and it is an explosion of art all around you. I think that even if I spent a month at the temple, it would not be enough to see and appreciate all that the temple has to offer.

About this particular photo, she states:

Clockwise from top left: A many-hooded snake protecting Adinath and his family from a deluge; Krishna on Kaalia the snake?; a head with 5 bodies, representing the 5 basic elements; this sculpture is supposed to contain 108 Oms !

I’m in awe of the beautiful, delicate carvings in these mandalas and I enjoyed reading Sudhagee’s blog post about her travels to and through the Jain Temples, and the way she put the 4 circular carvings together in one collection.

At the same time, I wanted a better perspective of these carvings, about their individual sizes and details. So I did some research and found the following images that give a bit more perspective (for larger views, select each image).

From Matthew Laird Acred on wikipedia I found images of the ‘many-hooded snake protecting Adinath and his family from a deluge’ and the 5-bodied head.

Ranakpur Jain Temple - protective hooded snake
Ranakpur Jain Temple – hooded snake
Ranakpur Jain Temple - 5-bodied head
Ranakpur Jain Temple – 5-bodied head

From Sreenivasan Ramakrishnan’s flickr page, I found the Krishna on Kaalia and the 108 Ohms carving. On his page he also explains more about the architecture/history of this temple.

Ranakpur Jain Temple - Krishna on Kaalia
Ranakpur Jain Temple – Krishna on Kaalia
Ranakpur Jain Temple - Many Ohms
Ranakpur Jain Temple – Many Ohms

The artisanship of these carvings inspires me to add this temple to my wish list of must-see places to explore.

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