The Eklingji City abode of some most beautiful shrines is situated about 12 miles to the North of Udaipur in Rajasthan. Located at a distance of 22 km from
Udaipur, Eklingji is a massive structure encompassing numerous ancient temples, chiseled out of sandstone and marble. The temple was constructed in AD
734 to procreate the sanctification of Lord Shiva, the supreme power.
The temples of Eklingji are splendidly modeled and are sanctified to Lord Shiva, sentinel deity of Mewar. The Maharajas of Mewar - who considered them
selves to be regent (Dewans) under Eklingji, regarded this deity as the implicit emperor.
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.
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