The Jain Temple of Chaturmukha Dharana Vihara at Ranakpur of Rajasthan, holds a promise of the future and the knowledge of the dreams as it was built by Dharna Shah, a Porwal from Ghanerao, who got inspired by a magnificent Space Ship that he saw in a Lucid Dream. The Temple has exquisite carvings from flowers to geometrical patterns and a wonderful depiction of the Kalpa Vriksha, nearly similar to the structure of the Neural Networks in the brain! The central deity in the sanctum Sanctorum is Chaumukha Adinatha. Ascended Master Parsvanatha is depicted here as with 1008 serpent heads above him.  

The construction is well documented in a 1436 AD copper inscription at the temple in Sanskrit, entitled Soma-Saubhagya Kavya. Dharna Shah commenced the construction of this temple in 1389, under the patronage of Rana Kumbha, ruler of Mewar. The construction is said to have took five decades. The architecture is in Gurjara style under the supervision of the Architect by name Dwepa. The temple is one of the largest Jain temples in the world.

The structure is carved out of light-colored marble with 29 Gigantic Halls and pagodas. The temple is known for its individually carved 1,444 marble pillars that not one pillar is alike also the 426 columns change colour from gold to light blue as the daylight shifts from dawn to twilight. According to the legend, one can’t simply count the exact number of pillars as their structure is intricate!

– Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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