About the Eklingji Temple of Udaipur
Eklingji Temple of Udaipur is one of the important temples of Rajasthan. Situated in the town of Eklingji with other name Kailashpuri, the superb place got its importance mainly from the temple. Eklingji Temple is located at a distance of about 22 km towards the north of Udaipur. Placed on the national highway no. 8 this famous Eklingnath Temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva in Hindu religion. The temple was established in 734 A.D. by Bappa Rawal. From this ago, Eklingji has been the only ruling deity of Mewar rulers in time. After some years, it was reconstructed by many Kings, to blink the remnants of obliteration created due to the attacks of Mohammedans.
The gigantic architecture of Eklingnath Temple is realy magnificent. Basically the double-storied temple looks beautiful with its pyramidal roof structure and quality carved tower. The exterior walls of the temple are made stretch with steps that. The main temple has a great pillared hall or 'mandap' which is sheltered with hefty pyramidal roof inside the temple complex. On the entrance of the temple hall, pilgrims can see the beautiful silver image of Nandi. Among with this there are two other images of Nandi from which one is carved in black stone and other by brass. Visitors can get a plesant scenario aroud the temple.
Famous Eklingji temple also represent a striking four-faced idol of Eklingji (Lord Shiva) which is built out of black marble. Its height ranges about 50 feet and its four faces represent four forms of Lord Shiva. Out of these four facing side, the east-facing part is recognized as Surya, the west-facing part is by Lord Brahma, the north-facing part is by Lord Vishnu and the south-facing part is recognized by Rudra(Lord Shiva himself). The Shivlinga which is known for Phallic form of Lord Shiva garlanded by a silver snake is one of the major attraction inside the Eklingji Temple.
On the centre of the temple ground Shivlinga is encircled by Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikay. Tourist can also able to find the statues of Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Yamuna inside the temple complex. The main temple consists of silver doors, which the statues of Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikay guarding their father(Lord Shiva). There are two tanks namely Karz Kund and Tulsi Kund present on the north of the temple and water from these tanks is used during the services of the Lord. The grand festival of Shivratri is celebrated here with full joy and fervor. Visitors can able to see the image of Lord Shiva, adorned with jewelry at this time.
The quality city of Eklingji or Kailashpuri is situated amidst a beautiful valley on the religious land of Rajasthan which houses some of the magnificient temples of India. So don't forget to include Eklingji in the itinerary, when planning your tourist journey to Udaipur. Tourist can easily reach Eklingji Temple from the city with the use of various regular buses or by hiring taxis.
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