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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular temples in Udaipur?

Anupriya Bedi DEC 10 2012
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Religious devout in you craving for the dose of divine this holiday? Make your way to one of the charming temples in this city! The city of Udaipur has a few ancient temples which are sure to fulfill your religious pursuits. Some of the options here are:

  • Jagdish Temple
    Dedicated to the preserver of the universe, Lord Vishnu, the Jagdish Temple stands in the City Palace complex and and counts amongst the prominent places to visit in Udaipur. While two elephants will greet you at the doorway, you will find an idol of the half man-half eagle Garuda after the first flight of stairs. Famous for its intricately carved pillars and doorways (you will find 50 on both its floors, each with unique carvings), the main shrine of this temple houses a massive four armed image of Lord Vishnu, carved out of a single black rock. Surrounding the main shrine are smaller shrines of Goddess Shakti, Lord Shiva, the Sun God and Lord Ganesha. This ancient temple is over three centuries old and was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in the Hindu "Vastushastra" style.Do remember to take a walk around this temple clockwise, as doing so brings good luck.

    Morning: 4.15 a.m - 1.00 p.m
    Evening: 5.15 p.m - 8.00 p.m
    Address: City Palace

  • Eklingji Temple
    Situated 22 km to the north of Udaipur, Eklingji Temple is one of the most famous temples of Rajasthan. An imposing structure with a pyramidal roof and intricate carvings in stone, the Eklingji Shrine houses a magnificent four-faced idol of Lord Shiva. This black marble sculpture is over 50 feet in height and the four faces are recognized as that of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Rudra and Surya. The small town of Eklingji gets its name from this famous temple, and houses about 108 other temples which are bound to please the religious devout in you. Each nook and cranny of this temple holds an untold story, head here to hear the past and engage in tranquil reflection.

    Morning: 4.00 am-7.00 am
    Noon: 11.30 am-1.30 am
    Evening: 5.30 pm-8.30 pm
    Address: NH-8

  • Karni Mata Temple
    Perched atop the Machla Hill and accessible by a winding staircase of 1050 stone steps or a ropeway, the Karni Mata Temple is devoted to the female saint Karni Mata, a reincarnation of Goddess Durga. If you spot a white mouse rushing by in this temple, don't squeal, but consider yourself lucky as this is considered fortunate. The height of this temple gives it marvellous views of the city of Udaipur, especially Lake Pichola.
    Address: Machla Magri

  • Saas Bahu Temple
    With a tongue-in-cheek name like that, this one is bound to catch your attention. Though this temple is no longer functional, it is totally worth the visit for its sheer architectural beauty. Old stones slowly losing their colour to the trials of time and housing tranquility in the grooves of their age old carvings characterise this two temple complex. What adds to the aesthetic beauty of this one is its location by a small lake. Constructed by in the 7th century and ravaged by the Mughals in the 14th century, Saas Bahu temple has survived the turns of history gracefully. Try to engage the caretaker here in conversation, he has a wealth of information which he is more than willing to share.

    Address: Nagda Village

These places of pristine beauty are often the main attractions to the various themed Udaipur holiday tour packages. Now you can book a train to Rajasthan using the online train ticket booking on ixigo. When you visit the above temples, do make it a point to have your shoulders and head covered as not doing so is considered offensive by the locals. Find religious solace when you pay your respects here and while you are at it, seek some blessings for me as well!

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