Photographer's Note

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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