On a Country Road

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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Trip End Mar 18, 2011


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Ranakpur Hill Resort

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Thursday, December 30, 2010

We made our way from the mountains down to the middle of nowhere to a country road to find one of the best examples of Jain Temples in India. 

Some background on Jainism: It is an Indian religion that prescribes a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Its philosophy and practice emphasize the necessity of self-effort to move the soul towards divine consciousness and liberation. Jainism has prehistoric origins dating before 3000 BC. In the modern world, it is a small but influential religious minority with as many as 4.2 million followers world-wide.
 
The renowned temple at Ranakpur age is controversial but it is largely considered to be anywhere between the late 14th to mid-15th centuries. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple which is about 200x200 feet (60x62 meters) in area. The pillars are all differently carved and no two pillars are the same. It is also said that it is impossible to count the pillars.
 
We find a great resort for the night with Dish TV, so for the first time we were able to watch CNN and find out what is going on in the world. Looks like we have not missed much!
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