Eklingji Temple (Udaipur)
: Udaipur, Rajasthan
: Lord Shiva
: 734 AD
: 2500 sq.ft
Eklingji, the city dotted with temples, is located about twelve miles to the North of Udaipur in Rajasthan. 22 kms from Udaipur, Eklingji is a complex of 108 ancient temples, incised out of sandstone and marble. The temple, built in AD 734, to propagate the blessings of Lord Shiva, worshipped as the Ultimate Reality, the supreme power, and the wholesome one - Parabhrama, is venerated by the Mewar household.
The temples of Eklingji located here, are exquisitely carved and dedicated to Lord Shiva, guardian deity of Mewar. This deity was regarded as the virtual ruler, by the Maharajas of Mewar - who considered themselves to be regents (Dewans) under Eklingji.
Structure of Eklingji Temple
Bappa Rawal the founder of Mewar regime fabricated the temple of enormous and enduring pulchritude. This awe-inspiring exquisite temple embodies 108 temples, concomitant with the number of beads in the rudrakh garland used for meditation.
The Eklingji temple engrosses an area of about 2500 sq. feet and is about 65 feet in height. The temple zone is entrenched with a colossal wall that is girdling the entire complex. The extensive assembly room inside the shrine is raised on the profusely designed pillars and also the main gate way to the temple complex. The hall is embellished with a beautiful silver structure of Nandi, besides this there are 2 more images in the temple, one made of black stone and the other of brass metal.
The Deities of Eklingji Temple
The standing complex date back to 15th century is constructed out of the remnants of a formerly ravished structure. Jain temple architecture of Gujarat is admirably visible in the building of the Eklingji temple. Whole temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva with four faces that have four images in the cardinal direction of Surya, Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra. Other deities housed in the temple complex include Parvati, Ganesh, Ganga, Kartikeya , Yamuna and Saraswathi.
Eklingji a Bustling Town of Temples
The Eklingji town enjoys special significance as it adorned with number of small and big temples. There are about 70 temples in all. The Sas-Bahu tempel the most vital shrine made up of marble stone dates back to the 11th century. It is an admirable specimen of by gone era depicting its architecture splendor with sculptural trivialities. The Adbhudji Jain temple dates back to the 15th century is build in black marble. Other temples in Kailashpuri include those of Pataleshwar Mahadeo, Arbada Mata, Rathasan Devi, Vindhyavasini Devi.