In this article you’ll get a brief description about the Jagdish Temple Udaipur.
Jagdish Mandir is considered as the largest temple of Udaipur, and also the tallest as the structure of the shrine is 79 feet tall. The temple consists of multiple floors that can be explored by tourists. An idol of Lord Jagannath (Lord Vishnu) is preached in the temple along with Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Sun God and Goddess Shakti.
Jagdish Temple Udaipur
- The construction of Jagdish Mandir was completed in 1651.
- It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ji who was the King of Udaipur from 1628 to 1653.
- Around 1.5 million rupees were spent in the construction of this 3-storey building.
- The design of the temple was decided according to the science of ‘Vaastu-shastra’.
The Structure of Temple
- As we advance towards the temple, we can spot two marble elephants on the entrance, welcoming the devotees of Lord Jagannath.
- One has to climb 32 steps to reach the main shrine.
- After you finish climbing the steps you’ll spot a brass idol of Garuda Ji (half eagle and half man God) it is said that Garuda Ji stands there to protect Lord Vishnu.
- As we proceed towards the main shrine, a black stone idol of Lord Vishnu with four arms blesses each soul.
- The main Lord Vishnu shrine is surrounded by 4 other shrines of Lord Ganesha, Surya Devta, Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva.
- Each stories of the building is hand carved with stone.
- There are 50 pillars each on the first and the second stories of the Jagdish Temple.
- Each pillar is hand carved authentically.
The Jagannath Rath Yatra
- The Jagannath Rath Yatra is commenced on 21st June every year.
- It is the 3rd largest Rath Yatra that is organized in Udaipur.
- The idol of Lord Jagannath and his friend Balaram, and sister Subhadra are placed on a wooden chariot that weighs 21,000kgs with 51kgs of Silver Plating and 12 wheels, the wooden chariot is called Nandighosha.
- The chariot along with the devotees move across the streets of Udaipur including Jagdish Chowk, Bada Bajar, Ghanta Ghar, Mochiwada, Bhadbhuja Ghati, , Mandi, Marshall Chauraha, Jhiniret Chowk, Santoshi Mata Mandir Asthal Mandir, R.M.V., Bhattiyani Chohatta.
- The Rath Yatra is lastly taken back to Jagdish Chowk where Maha Aarti done.
- The interesting fact about the Rath Yatra is that the chariot is not pulled by any horse or other animal but by the devotees across the city.
- Devotees from all around the world indulge in the Jagannath Yatra and color themselves in the festive-color.
Watch below video to get short experience of jaannath rath yatra.
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