Ranakpur Jain Temple
Pali National Park
Welcome to Pali,
Pali city near Jodhpur, Rajasthan is named after the Paliwal Brahmins. They were once the inhabitants of this area. However the civilization of the ancient Pali city was highly evolved. The land of Pali was leased to the Paliwalis by the then chief of Mandore. Paliwalis were priests formerly. But after getting the leased land, they cultivated it diligently, abandoning their former priestly profession. In this city there are some famous places to be visited like Ranakpur Jain Temples, Nimbo Ka Nath, Jawai Dam, Museum, Pali National Park, Hatundi Rata Mahaveer Swami Temple etc.
Bangur Museum, Pali is located near the old bus stand. The foundation of the museum building was laid on 26th April, 1982 and the museum was formally thrown open to the public on July 19th, 1991. The exhibits here include highlighting sculpture, specimen of minerals, coins of historical interest, miniature paintings, arms and armour, wooden handicraft, tribal life and epigraphic exhibits.
Known to be the most magnificent temple in Rajasthan, this exquisite pink and white temple is dedicated to Jain saint Mahavira. Built in the shape of the Pyramids of Egypt, this multi-coloured marvel of construction is an unusual sight for many travelers. An imposing statue of Lord Mahavira is housed inside the inner sanctum of the temple.
The Jadan Ashram was established in the year 1990 by Swami Maheswarananda to promote the ancient Indian science of yoga and the invaluable spiritual treasures of Vedic culture. It is situated over an area of 250 acres. The Central building of this large complex is constructed in the shape of the ancient symbol Om.
The sound of Om consist of three letters; A, U and M. It represents the cosmic vibration, the original eternal sound. This central monument will be the largest man-made symbol of OM in the world. The 108 compartments of residential units that are to form this impressive OM shape, attract tremendous cosmic energy.
Jawai Dam is One of the biggest dam of western Rajasthan. it is situated in sumerpur tehsil of pali district. it has a capacity of 6000 millian qubic feet. It is the main water supply source of jodhpur and pali districts. Besides this, many villages of Jalore and Pali are irrigated through this Dam.
Lakhotia Garden is situated in the heart of Pali city and surrounded by a pond, named Lakhotia (also known as city tank). A beautiful temple of Lord Shiva is also situated in the middle of garden.
Nimbo Ka Nath is situated between Falna - Sanderav route. Legend has it that the Pandavas of Mahabharata stayed here with their mother Kunti during the time of their exile. Kunti used to worship Lord Shiva at this place. The Pandavas also established Navdurga at this place. Falna can be reached easily by bus or train.
This National Park, covering some 5,000 hectares, was created in 1970 and is also known as 'The Devil's Lava Flow'. It is 196 km north west of Punta Arenas. Its purpose is to protect an area of pampa with its population of guanacos, nandues and armadillos, set in what looks like a lunar landscape.
There are low hills and craters which form natural overhangs and caves, the most famous of which is Pali Aike, declared a National Monument, where evidence of the earliest Magellanic people has been found. In the Fell cave, you can see rock paintings which date back 9,000 years.
There are four trails to walk: Cr?ter Morad del Diablo, 1.7 km; Cueva Pali Aike, 600 meters; Laguna Ana, 1.5 km; and Cueva Pali Aike Laguna Ana, 900 meters. The climate in this sector is a cold steppe climate, with annual precipitation of 200 to 300 mm, and an average temperature of 4?C.
It is in Desuri tehsil, on the top of one of the hill of aravali. There is a natural cavern on the hill where a natural Shivling is the attraction of the devotee of lord Shiva. the Myth goes that the great ascethic, parshuram of ramayan era practised penarce in this cavern. Fairs are also organised here twice a year. It is hardly 14 km from Sadari Town.
A village that is home to one of the most important Jain temples. Beautiful sculptured Jain temples mark the glory of this renowned place. Marked as one of the five holy places for the Jain community, these were created in the 15 the century. During the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. The central Chaumukha [four faced temple] is dedicated to Adinathji the temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars all distinctly carved and no two being alike is a amazing evidence of the genius sense of architecture that enhances the charm of the place. Every temple has this conceivable surface carved with equal delicacy.
The ambience of Ranakpur is mainly highlighted by the location and the almost divine architecture, giving the same hue as its counter part - the great Dilwara Temple's. in Mt-Abu. Facing the main temple are the unique temples -Parasvanath - Neminath with exquisite figures carving similar to that Khujaraho sculptures.
Another temple worth visiting is the nearby 'Sun Temple' dedicated to the 'Sun God' (Surya-the master of all the planets and the provider of light to the whole universe) adorned with polygonal wall, richly embellished with the carvings of warriors, horses and solar (Nakshatras, grahs') deities riding splendid 'chariots' the vehicle of the 'Sun God'- which accordingly to the Hindu Mythology is the God of prosperity and a shining destiny in this world. Many throng this shrine for these blessings. Overall Ranakpur is known as ' The tranquil pilgrimage town'. For the buffs a ride to the outskirts like ' Sadari' - 'Desuri'- 'Ghanerao'- 'Narhai', serves the purpose of their satisfaction.
The Shanidham Ashram is situated in the Pali tehsil of Pali district, hardly 10 km from Pali.
Somnath Temple is famous for its historical background and Shilp Art. It is situated at the centre of Pali city. It was constructed by the then King of Gujarat, Kumarpal Solanki in the Vikram samvat era 1209. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the premises of the temple there are many small temples of other Devi Devtas.
- Jain Temples, Temple of Chamunda Mata, Dargah of Pir Mastan, Hatundi Rata Mahabir Swami Temple etc.