The Jain temple at Ranakpur is situated in a cool valley and seems a million miles from the noise and dust of India. It is made from marble and has over 1444 marble pillars, carved in great detail.
this shot shows part of the interior
There is also a monestary on the site where it is possible to stay in one of the very basic rooms (thin mattress on the floor - otherwise empty). The kitchen is great though, serving good veg food for a modest price. At least that's how it was in 1992.
Jainism differs from other religions in its concept of God. Accordingly, there is no overarching supreme being, divine creator, owner, preserver or destroyer. Every living soul is potentially divine and the Siddhas, those who have completely eliminated their karmic bonds to end their cycle of birth and death, have attained God-consciousness. It is the oldest of the Indian originating relegions - thanks wiki
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cak (4847) 2009-01-09 17:57
your temple has rich workers pay.and approbiate angle.thank u
rgarrigus (0) 2009-01-09 23:27
Really nicely exposed image of the interior of this intricately carved temple. You made all the right exposure choices so that we get to appreciate every detail. I like that you were able to include the women in the lower right and that they are so small in the composition. It reinforces the achievement of this structure and their views looking up imply a bit of wonder.
kschanna (6) 2009-01-11 23:52
I think its a very innovative PoV showing a great deal of detail in the carvings. I imagine where you took the photo from would have been a viewing platform?
Thanks for sharing
holmertz (33511) 2009-01-14 12:51
India is amazing. It never ceases to astonish me. From this point I guess you got most of the artistic details of this temple, as well as the women for life, colours and measurements.
kevinos (7379) 2009-01-15 22:05
A very interesting PoV gives this presentation of this lovely temple a sense of drama, Stephen.The sense of intricate detail has been veyr well presented. regards kevin