Eklingji Temple, Udaipur
The temple at Eklingji is one of the prime pilgrimage destinations in Rajasthan. Eklingji has been the deity of the royal Mewar family since the time of Bappa Rawal, founder of the Mewar dynasty.
Eklingji is famous for its 108 temples complex. It is also known as Kailashpuri or the abode of Shiva. As one of the most revered destinations of the Rajasthan, Eklingji is a temple that needs to be explored during your visit to Udaipur.
Within the walls of the Eklingji Temple, there are hundred shrines built of marble and sandstone. The main shrine has a double storied covered platform, a hall with several pillars and a flat pyramidal canopy with circular knobs. In the main shrine, the sanctorum has a four faced black marble statue of Lord Eklingji with Brahma facing west, Vishnu facing north, Shiva facing south and Surya facing east.
The temple occupies an area of about 2500 sq. feet and is about 65 feet in height. The temple area is fortified with a strong wall running around it. The main entrance to the temple on the western side welcomes visitors into a big hall resting on lavishly carved pillars. In this hall, is a silver image of Nandi. There are two more Nandis in the temple, one made of black stone and the other of brass.
Though the temple is mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva, yet other deities are worshipped here as well. Few of the prominent among these are Parvati, Ganesha, Ganga, Kartikeya, Yamuna and Saraswati.
Eklingji is built on the shore of a small lake bounded by the surrounding hills. The Lord is regarded as the real ruler of the state who functions through his representative on earth, the Maharana of Udaipur.
Ekligji (Kailashpuri) is a town situated in a beautiful valley, attracting plentitude of visitors throughout the year. It is a complex with a flight of steps leading to the 'kund'. It has an ornate 'mandap' or pillared hall with the canopy of a huge pyramidical roof composed of hundreds of knots.
There is another temple called Nathon Ka Mandir in the temple complex with inscriptions dating back to the 10th century AD. No worship is offered here.
There are two tanks situated on the northern side of the temple - Karz Kund and Tulsi Kund. Water from these tanks is utilized for temple services. Temple services are performed in a very elaborate manner in the Vedic and Tantric styles - everyday beginning at 4 in the morning. The temple is the centre of attraction during the festival of Shivratri.
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