Ranakpur is a village located in a valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range. Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, and for a much older Sun Temple which lies opposite the former.
The temple, with its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. 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. Known for their aestheticism and religious fervor (Jains are not only strict vegetarians, but the most orthodox among them walk with care to ensure no hapless insect should die underfoot due to their carelessness, and wear permanent masks to protect even the tiniest bug from the possibility of being ingested), the Jains put all their passion (and not inconsiderable wealth) into the creation of ornately carved temples. The Ranakpur Temples are jaw-droppingly beautiful, with exquisitely detailed relief carvings (and strangely, a few pieces of tinfoil) covering every inch of pillar, wall, and ceiling. The main triple-volume Chaumukha Temple, built from 1446 and dedicated to Adinatha Rishabdeva, the first Jain tirthankara, is surrounded by 66 subsidiary shrines; Note that no leather items (including belts and handbags) are allowed on the premises, no photography of the statues or enshrined deities is allowed (general temple pictures are permitted), and you are requested to dress conservatively (legs and shoulders must be covered).
The temple is marvelous but for me it was impossible to make a good photo presenting its beauty. The white marble reflects the sun, so there are white patches, it is difficult also to find a good POV in the forest of 1444 columns.
The women get at the entrance to gowns like this pink one.
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jasmis (57816) 2010-01-01 11:57
Ciekawa świątynia. Świetna poza pani po lewej.
Wszystkiego dobrego w 2010!
smarcell (19963) 2010-01-01 12:19
Very beautiful light, and a very nice composition. The place looks magnificent.
happy new year !
holmertz (36441) 2010-01-01 12:29
Hello Malgorzata, and a happy new year to you.
The technical shortcomings you have described do not disturb me. I get a fairly good impression of the temple anyway, and the carved oillars are really magnificent. The woman in pink leans gracefully on a pillar and the man to the right provides a good balance. There are a few red spots around the entrance that also break the dominance of beige.
saxo042 (36702) 2010-01-01 12:41
I really like your note here, giving us a good background to this place. I also like this photo, with the very interesting architecture. We call all see the difficulties in finding a good POV here...
Happy New Year
Waylim (24954) 2010-01-01 23:48
I like how the light falls into this beautiful temple, I like the a few people in here, but the women in pink with the camera would be better without her, but there is not much to do now. I'm sure you have some other shot of this place, very nice details of the art work on the collumns.
Cretense (68681) 2010-01-02 2:23
Hello Emka and Happy New Year! Best wishes to you and all your loved ones!
Amazing structure, very impressive work of art in every corner of this outstanding temple, excellent architecture photography! Excellent, balanced framing and composition! Flawless light management under dificult conditions, beautiful colours and great definition! Congratulations!
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-01-02 3:06
Czesc Malgorzata! Wspaniala architektura, ciekawe postaci, dobra scenka, pani fotoagrafuje, pan patrzy na Ciebie, a Ty lapiesz niski POV, zabia perspektywa. Dobre zdjecie. Moze sie podobac. Klaniam sie!
sid_sn (171) 2010-01-02 4:39
This one of the finest and wonderful architecture great capture thanks for sharing
Silvio1953 (115095) 2010-01-02 12:56
Ciao Malgorzata, beautiful interior of fantastic temple, splendid light, wonderful composition with other photographer, very well done, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (81512) 2010-01-02 13:40
Takie miejsca to odlot, nic tylko zazdroscic ;)
Ciekawy kadr i elementy sie zalapaly.
baddori (19157) 2010-01-02 17:43
La composizione l'ha fatta l'architetto
Tu l'hai riportata con speciale fedeltÓ
papera (13844) 2010-01-12 14:03
I missed a lot of pictures while I was away for Xmas, so I was going through your latest photos...
I understand your technical problems here because I remember having the same issues when I was in a couple of temples near Mysore - in the end I had to trash most of the indoor pictures. however here the highlight fringes are not really disturbing. I really like the way the persons are placed in the image, it almost looks like a choreography.