Eklingji temple is located around 22 km away from Udaipur in Rajasthan. The temple is also known as Kailashpuri which is consecrated to Lord Shiva. Here, Lord Shiva is worshiped as Lord Eklingji who is a patron deity of the Mewar clan. The Ekalingji temple stands along the bank of the Indersagar Lake. The temple houses around 108 shrines, within its walls. Each of these temples are built of marble and sandstone.
Eklingji temple was built by Bappa Rawal, King of Udaipur in 734 AD. Later, this temple was renovated by several kings including Maharana Raimal who renovated this ancient temple during the 15th and 16th century.
The temple is absolutely grand, magnificent and perfect in execution. The 50 ft. tall Shikhar of the temple has a circumference of 60 ft. The sanctum sanctorum has four doors which open in all the four directions. The door steps are adorned with gems. Every gate has a Nandi statue facing towards the idol. The temple complex is made up of Granite and Marble. Another attraction of this temple is Silver Nandi which is installed at the entrance of the main temple.
The main Shrine is a double leveled building with pyramidal styled roof and beautifully carved tower. The main shrine has a five faced black marble statue of Lord Eklingji with Lord Brahma facing west, Lord Vishnu facing north, Lord Rudra facing south and Son god facing east with an upraised top as Shiva linga which is an incarnation of Sadashiva with his consort. This historic statue stands 50 feet tall. The Shiv linga is adorned by a silver snake.
The Shiv linga is surrounded by Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesh and Lord Kartikay. Within the temple complex, idols of Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Amba, Goddess Kali and Goddess Yamuna can also be seen. The silver door of the main temple has the images of Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikay as if they are protecting their father. During the festival of Maha Shivratri, the idol of Lord Shiva is adorned with jewellery.
Festivals, puja and Celebrations
Maha Shivratri, Chaitra Navratras and Ashwin Navratra attract thousands of people On every Saturday and Sunday night, the faithful devotees visit the temple for removal of their distress.
Other festivals such as Pradosh, Makar Sankaranti and Deepavali are also celebrated with the great zeal.
Special manooraths are preformed in the temple during the months of Vaishakh & Shravan.
How to reach
By Road: The temple is 22 km away from Udaipur. Buses and taxis are available from Udaipur to access the temple.
By Train: The nearest railway head are Udaipur (18kms), Chittorgarh (110kms), and Jawai Bandh (130kms).
By Air: The nearest airport is at Udaipur (25kms) and Jodhpur (215kms).