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Eklingji TempleThe 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
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.
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
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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