You are absolutely right. Not only is Ranakpur a convenient stopping-off point between Jodhpur and Udaipur, it is also one of Rajasthan's gems. We spent several hours there last year exploring both the main temple and the adjoining one. There were a few other tourists there, but it seems that most tours bypass the site completely.
Ranakpur temple is surely one of the greatest sights of India in my opinion, the scope of intricacy baffles the mind; there is hardly anywhere I can think of that is suffused with the sense of spirituality. Jains, of course, do not have god(s), they revere Tirthankaras as portals to enlightenment, and in many ways westerners can find this easier to relate to. I was personally carried away by this feeling, and an overwhelming sense of peace and contentment that has stayed with me. My group...
An interesting insight garage med by poking around in unexpected places. The caste system is still a blight on Indian society, though breaking down in towns and cities due to the pressures of modern life (sharing transport for example), in rural areas it can be deadly serious when low caste people try to assert democratic rights
Some fine old doors there Doc ! 😀 D'you know they are bring prised out and sold as architectural salvage - often at high prices - to be mounted in hotels, houses as feature walls ? Otherwise I guess new owners would cast them out for firewood 😱
Camel eyelashes are used in making the paintbrushes for fine details, and camel urine is concentrated to make the yellow pigment in these beautifully detailed paintings. A fine example of how nothing useful (or even not that useful) ever goes to waste in India.
A great post about the ordinary in small town India. I've never been a great one for grand buildings of any sort. Ordinary people built them all ! Hardware stores are MOST illuminating 😃 The green fruit is a bit hard to be sure but it looks like 'amroodh', grown I believe in hilly northern areas - they're almost sweet, not that interesting and lots of ball-bearing seeds. There is an English name that escapes me ! Well it did so I looked up on Ecosia - it's guava !
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