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... good for our Rs50. Ranakpur is one of very few Jaian temples. The Jaian faith has around 2 million followers in India, and is more extreme than your average Hindu. No food or clothing that is derived from anything living can be consumed, and all animals have an equal right to life. Reincarnation is a significant part of their beliefs with spirits coming from lower animals to humans and ultimately to ascend to 'god-like' status. So off came the belts, ...
... the spectacle. Oh my gosh, the Jain Adinatha Temple in Ranakpur was unbelievable. I have seen a few videos, but in person it is just breathtaking. We could not access the holiest parts of the temple but either way, this place is beyond impressive. I felt like Indiana Jones uncovering treasure, magic, and mysteries of ancient times. There are 1,444 fully engraved columns rising three stories high. One column is intentionally left crooked so that the ...
We learnt that there was supposed to be light and sound show in the evening. Since we wanted to reach resort in the day light due to lonely and steep roads towards Ranakpur, we decided to miss it. But I guess, it must have been interesting.
When you visit Kumbhalgarh, keep some food with you. The food available in the campus is not upto the mark and your walking efforts will definitely make you hungry. You can ...
... guide was 10 year old Seerwan, an engaging little chap who attached himself to us as we crossed the road to the lake. In the end we had to show him the crocodile, and the frogs, and the birds but he could make an excellent professional guide someday.
When we left him, I gave him 10 rupees as a thank you but it seemed 10 rupees wasn't enough! I pointed out that we didn't ask him to guide us, he forced himself upon us. And he behaved like any 10 year old ...
... trip on offer was to Wicklow.
So after a quick check in, I walked back the 2km to Ranakpur's Jain temples - the largest and most intricate that I've seen to date and got talking to a Canadian Jain convert. Jainism wouldn't be my cuppa now, as he explained that even eating potatoes is a no no for a pure Jainist as the uprooting of a tuber based vegetable from the earth would cause it hurt and ...