Saturday, November 12, 2011

Eklingji - Architectural marvel of Princely state of Mewar

Eklingji is Hindu temple complex 22kms north of Udaipur on way to Nathdwara on NH8. Kailashpuri the modern name of town Eklingji houses total of 108 temples enclosed in high fortified walls. Built in 734 AD by Bappa Rawal and dedicated to lord Shiva, the temple complex is architectural marvel in itself.





The temple has been rebuilt and refurbished by several Maharanas of Mewar dynasty. Shri Parameshwaraji Maharaj, the principal deity of Shri Eklingji temple is the personal family deity of Maharanas of Mewar, Maharana of Udaipur still pays a personal visit to the temple every Monday evening. Part of temple complex is not accessible to general public and is only dedicated to family of Sisodiyas, former rulers of Mewar.


How to reach: Buses and taxis are available from across Rajasthan for Kailashpuri (modern name of Eklingji), Its 22 kms north of Udaipur on way to Nathdwara or Jaipur on NH-8.


Temple complex: The temple complex considered to be among the top 50 temples in India is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The magnificent architecture of the temple is simply remarkable, the double storied temple looks awesome with its pyramidal style roofs and distinctly carved towers. The temple boasts of four faced idol of Eklingji that is made out of black marble. Outside the temple is small silver statue of Shiva's sacred bull - NANDI.











The main temple has heavy silver doors and to the north of the temple, there are two kunds (ponds) namely Karz kund and Tulsi kunds, the water of which is consumed during the services to the Lord. The festival of Shivratri is time when the temple complex comes in its full glory and galore.The sleepy town has total of 108 small and large temples around it.  he temple by the name of "Nathon Ka Mandir" that dates back to the 10th century catches attraction. There is also another temple by the name of "Sas-Bahu" that is all raised in marble. The temples of Pataleswar Mahadeo, Arbada Mata, Rathasan devi, Vindhyavasini devi are worth mentioning. The wonderful architecture of these temples makes the onlooker to ponder over the artistry of those times.






Rulers of Mewar: The Sisodiyas, the rulers of Mewar are Chattri Rajputs of Suryavanshi lineage. Notable among the clans of Mewar rulers were Rani Padmini, Rani Karnavati, Rana Pratap Singh, Rana Raimal.

Jauhar and Saka: The ancient Indian tradition of honorary self immolation of women of Royal family to avoid capture and dishonour at the hands of their enemies in times of certain defeat or death of men folks in battlefield. The upset caused by the knowledge of their women were dead, filled the men in battlefield with rage in the fight to death called "SAKA"This tradition was followed mainly by Rajputs and three famous Jauhars in history was committed by the royal female folks of Mewar family.

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