Eklingji is one of the most famous Hindu temple situated in Kailashpuri town of Udaipur District in Rajasthan. The Temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva of the Hindu religion. Initially, the temple was built in 734 A.D. by Bappa Rawal. Since that time, Eklingji Temple Udaipur has been the ruling deity of Mewar rulers.
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Kailashpuri, the modern name for the town of Eklingji, 22 km. north of Udaipur is famous for its one hundred and eight temples enclosed by a high, fortified wall.
Shri Parmeshwaraji Maharaj, the principal deity of Shri Eklingji Temple is the personal family deity of the Maharanas of Mewar. The Maharana were the devotees of Lord Shiva. Owing to an inner urge and compelled by the devotional sentiments, this temple was established.
The temple boasts of a striking four-faced idol of Eklingji (Lord Shiva) that is made out of black marble. Its height ranges around 50 feet and its four faces depict four forms of Lord Shiva. The east-facing part is recognized as Surya, the west-facing part is Lord Brahma, the north-facing part is Lord Vishnu and the south-facing part is Rudra i.e. Lord Shiva himself. The zenith of the multifaceted idol is known as ‘Yantra that stands for the ultimate reality. The Shivlinga (Phallic form of Lord Shiva) garlanded by a silver snake, acquires the major attraction of people.
Mandir Darshan Timing
- Morning: 4:30 AM to 7:00 AM and 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
- Evening: 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Eklingji Temple Udaipur is spiritual capital of Mewar. Perhaps in the world history, this is a rare example that the ultimate power of rule was vested with the powerful God Shiva. The Maharanas of Udaipur have ruled as a representative of Shri Eklingji. Now the royal family has established a private trust known as Eklingji trust.
Shri Eklingji is the god of the Maharanas. This temple belongs to the Maharanas and it is not a public temple. The pooja of this temple is performed in a royal way and no change is possible. According to this, only the Maharana of Mewar land can perform the Pooja of Shri Eklingji. Daily Pooja, however, is performed by the Pujaries appointed by the Maharanas. Even these Pujaries first make a voluntary declaration that they are performing the Pooja in the name of Maharana and at the end of the Pooja, the Pujari receives the deities Aashirwad for the Maharana. The Maharana meet all the expenses of the temple.
Gifts or monetary help are not acceptable in Temple; however, if any devotee out of his emotional sentiments wants to give a donation, it is dropped in to the safe maintained by Mewar Shiva Shakti Peetha. This Money is not spent for the temple of Shri Eklingji but for other religious and charitable activities. The Poor and Needy are also helped with this amount. A separate account of this is maintained.
The Glorious narrative of Shri Eklingji tells us that Shri Eklingji has been in existence since Sat yuga. In that age Indra, the King of Goddess Nandini worshiped Eklingji. In the Treta age, the Kamdhenu came running to Shri Eklingji as she was afraid of Vishwamitra. She Prayed to Eklingji and the armies of Vishwamitra were defeated to the delight of Guru Vashistha.
Located 22 km north of Udaipur, Eklingji is conveniently reached by bus and car. Tourists can access to the complex from RSTC buses that runs from Udaipur to Eklingji and other major destinations of Rajasthan. It takes approximately an hour (60 Minutes) to reach Eklingji from Udaipur. Shivaratri is the main festival on which thousands of devotees come here for Darshan. During the year every Monday this temple is crowded with devotees of Lord Shiva. The Maharana of Udaipur pays a private visit to the temple on Monday evening.
The main festivals other than Shirvaratri are Pradosh, Makar Sankaranti etc. During the months of Vaishakh & Shravan special manooraths are preformed here.The chief trustee of this trust is Shri Arvind Singh Mewar , the ex-Maharana of Udaipur. In his supervision dozens of officers and workers of the trust are engaged in the management of the temple and its properties.
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How to reach Eklingji
By Road – Road distance from Jaipur is 390 kilometer and from Upaipur is 22 Kilometer. You can book taxi from travel agency or Rajasthan Roadway also runs volvo bus services from Jaipur, Jodhpur to Udaipur. There are many other private bus operator who runs buses between Jaipur to Udaipur.
By Air – There is no direct flight to Eklingji but nearest airport is Dabok Udaipur. You can take flight from various parts of India connected to Udaipur Airport. There are many private operator running flight operation between udaipur to all major parts of India like Air India, Indigo, Goindia, Vistara, Spice jet and Air Asia.
By Train – The nearest railway station is Udaipur Railway Station. There are many trains coming from various parts of India. You can book ticket from Indian Railway Booking counter in any city or login IRCTC website to book ticket from any parts to India to any parts of India. IRCTC is private website but maximum online ticket booking is done by IRCTC only.
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