Eklingji Temple is one of the oldest temples of Udaipur which is situated in town of Eklingji. The distance between Eklingji and Udaipur is around 22kms. The temple contains around 108 shrines in its premises; and abundance of historical significance. The ancient architecture of the temple fascinates the visitors and colors them in the cast of Lord Shiva. The Temple is always flooded with devotees, mostly on Mondays and Maha Shivrati, rhythmically chanting ‘Bam Bam Bhole’ / ‘Ekling Nath ki Jai’ and pleasing the Lord.
Eklingji Temple Udaipur
History of the Temple
- The holy Eklingji is considered as the deity of the Mewar region, which rules the State, and the Maharana of Mewar act as a Dewan to Lord Eklingji.
- It is said that the temple construction was started in 734 A.D., by Mewar’s Guhila dynasty to pay tribute to Lord Shiva that was the deity of Mewar Kingdom.
- The temple was later renovated in 15th century by Maharana Raimal.
- In the temple premises, a shrine of Lakulish sect holds a lot of significance because it is the only shrine present of the sect.
Structure of Temple
- The Eklingji Temple contains 108 temples in the temple campus.
- The shrines are built by sandstones and marbles.
- The main tower that is considered to be the main shrine of Lord Shiva, is a double storied building, with beautifully carved tower in a pyramidal style
- Inside the main shrine, a 50-feet black marble four-faced idol of Lord Shiva is worshipped.
- Other statues of Nandi, Bappa Rawal, and Lord Shiva’s Bull can be spotted outside the main temple.
- The main temple’s owns a silver door with Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikay carved on it, it is said they stand there to protect their patriarch.
- In the north area of the Temple lays Tulsi Kund and Karz Kund, the water needed for the services of the Lord are consumed by these Kunds.
- There are other temples of Kalki Mata, Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikay, Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Parvati, Goddess Ganga, Amba Mata near the main shrine.
The Maha Shivratri Festival
- The fest of Maha Shivratri is celebrated on a high note in the Eklingji Temple.
- Devotees from all around the world arrive at the temple to preach the Lord.
- The locals of Udaipur, start walking bare-foot a night before Maha Shivratri, and reach the temple early morning, for the morning services.
- Various buses are organized by the Government for the devotees to drop them back to Udaipur.
Eklingji Temple Darshan Timings
- From 4:15am to 6:45am
- From 10:30am to 1:30pm
- From 5:15 to 7:45pm
Note: The temple mostly remains crowded on Mondays.
How to reach Eklingji?
- You can reach Eklingji by accessing NH-8 from Udaipur.
- Private and Public bus options are available from Udaipur.
- Also private cabs can be taken from Udaipur City.
- It is around 1 hour journey to Eklingji Temple from Udaipur.
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