Located 22km away from Udaipur, Eklingji temple is one of the popular temples in Rajasthan. In this temple, Hindu Lord Shiva is worshipped. According to historical records, Eklingji or Shiva temple was set up by Acharya Viswaroopa. Later on, it became a prominent place of worship for Mewar rulers. It was attacked several times by the invaders. But, succeeding rulers of Mewar restored it every time.
Architecture of Eklingji Temple
The two-storied Eklingji Temple in Udaipur flaunts pyramid shaped roof and an elegant tower. There is a huge complex with large pillared halls. Once you enter the premises, you can see a beautiful silver idol of Nandi. You can also spot other Nandi images in the temple. They are made of two materials i.e. black stone and brass. The main idol in the temple is of Eklingji or Lord Shiva. The image has four faces carved in black marble. The four faces represent the four different forms of the Deity. The face in the east is a representation of Surya and in west it depicts Lord Brahma. The south facing figure stands for Rudra and north facing one is a symbol of Lord Vishnu.
A combination of all the four forms of the idol symbolizes ultimate truth or 'Yantra'. Tourists from various parts of the world come to this temple to take in the peaceful views of the Shivlinga which is adorned with a silver snake. Shivlinga is the phallic shape of the Lord Shiva. Height of the image is around 50 feet.
Around this symbol, you can see the images of Goddess Parvati, Lord Kartikay and Lord Ganesha. Idols of Goddess Yamuna and Goddess Saraswati are also housed in the temple complex. In addition, on a visit to Eklingji temple in Udaipur, you will come across huge silver doors and two tanks. The tanks are named as Tulsi Kund and Karz Kund.
Main Attraction at Eklingji Temple
Udaipur Eklingji Temple is largely visited during Hindu festival called Shivratri. On this occasion, the Lord Shiva image is beautifully bejeweled.
How to reach Eklingji Temple
It is one of the finest temples in Udaipur. You need to travel around 22 kms from Udaipur to reach National Highway No.8, where the temple is located. You can hire a bus or cab to arrive here.