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Location : Udaipur, Rajasthan
Built In : 734 AD
Built By : Bappa Rawal
Dedicated to : Lord Shiva
Ekling Temple - Udaipur

Eklingji Temple, Udaipur

Heritage Journey to the Land of Maharajas - Rajasthan

Eklingji Temple - Hallowed Be Thy Name

The famous Eklingaji temple is half an hour drive from Udaipur through green meadows and alluring romantic spots. True to one's belief, the stairs of heaven are not easy. You have to leave all your gratified and unfulfilled wishes behind, before you offer your prayers to the ultimate reality or Parabrahma. The main deity was regarded as the virtual ruler, by the Maharajahs of Mewar - who considered themselves to be regents (Dewans) under Eklingji. Built in 734 AD to propagate the blessings of Lord Shiva, this sacred shrine is now a favored pilgrimage destination in India. Famous Eklingji Temple Architecture in Udaipur is another thinh you should notice. This awe-inspiring exquisite temple precinct is dotted with 108 shrines, concomitant with the number of beads in the rudraksh necklace used for meditation in Hinduism. Nowhere in India is Lord Shiva worshiped with so much care and indulgence. The walls of the temple also act as an information bank on the history of Mewar. The walls have an inscription of a hundred couplets, engraved by Rana Raimal, that gives an insight into the history of the region as well as of the temple in Udaipur.

Legends of The Lingam

One of the legends relating to Eklingji is that after killing Vrakshasur, Indra had meditated and prayed to Eklingji in penitance and to get rid of the curse. According to another legend, Bappa Rawal, the founder of Mewar regime, had seen the Shiva lingam in his dream when he was in trouble. When the problems were solved, he approached a sage called Harita Rishi, who advised him to build the temple as a gratitude.

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The Sacred Haunt at Eklingji Temple in Udaipur

The presiding deity of Lord Shiva has a four faced black marble effigy; Brahma facing west, Vishnu facing North, Maheshwar facing South and Surya (Sun) facing the east. The flat top of the divine idol is embellished with a Yantra, a mystic symbolic drawing, standing for the ultimate reality. Shiva here is worshiped as the Ultimate Reality, the cardinal power, and the supreme consciousness - Parabhrama. This temple is said to have been founded by Acharya Viswarupa, a contemporary of Adi Sankaracharya and is linked with the Sharada Math at Dwarka.

The temple is established on an area of about 2500 sq. feet and rises to about 65 feet in height. The temple area is fortified and a strong wall runs around it. The main entrance to the temple on the western side greets its visitors into a big hall raised on exquisitely carved pillars. The hall is embellished with a beautiful silver structure of Nandi. Besides, there are 2 more images in the temple, one made of black stone and the other of brass metal.

There are two tanks located on the northern side of the temple - Karz Kund and Tulsi Kund. whose water is fetched for temple services. Religious ceremonies are performed in both Vedic and Tantrik styles- everyday beginning at 4 am in the morning.

Heritage Journey to the Land of Maharajas - Rajasthan

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The temple opens at very odd timings. So check out for the timings before you pay a visit. However, religious rites are carried out daily at 4.30 am in the morning and 6.30 in the evening. Photography is not allowed. Try to avoid a visit on Monday (an auspicious day for Shiv devotees) as it can get very crowded. The Maharana of Udaipur pays a private visit to the temple on every Monday evening. Catch a local bus from Udaipur or hire a private cab to reach the temple.

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Eklingji Temple

The Four Faces of The Lord
Constructed in 734 AD by the maharajas of Mewar, the Eklingji Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who stays here as a four faced black marble effigy; Brahma facing west, Vishnu facing North, Maheshwar facing South and Surya (Sun) facing the east.

The Unique Ablution
The morning ceremony at the Eklingji Temple in Udaipur is a must see, where the deity is worshipped in both Vedic and Tantrik styles at 4 am in the morning. The whole ambience incredibly reverberates with the euphony of the 'shankhs' and chimes even before the morning sun bestows the earth with its warm rays.

Meditation on The Grounds
This awe-inspiring exquisite temple in Udaipur is dotted with 108 shrines, adressing the number of beads in the rudraksh necklace used for meditation in Hinduism. You should not miss the Eklingji Temple Architecture.

Catch Marwar In Its Festive Moods
Plan a vacation tour in the months of March-April to be a part of the famous Marwar festival, held during the Gangaur Ceremony. Let your hair down with the rhythm of folk musicians and watch the beautifully caparisoned elephants, camels, horses carrying a grand procession through the streets of Udaipur.

Enjoy A Serene Meditation
Sit straight and take a deep breathe. Relax your body. Try to concentrate on the Supreme Self. Rejoice the pleasure of meditation in the courtyards of Eklingji Temple which provides a tranquil ambience to elevate your consciousness.

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