Eklingji Temple Udaipur Darshan & Aarti Timings
|Morning Time||4:30 am to 7:00 am & 10:30 am to 1:30 pm|
|Evening Time||5:00 pm to 7:30 pm|
|Morning Aarti||5:30 am, 8:15 am, 9:15 am & 11:30 am|
|Afternoon Aarti||3:30 pm & 4:30 pm|
|Evening Aarti||5:00 pm & 6:30 pm|
Known for its cultural heritage and diversity, India is a land of marvels which can be easily found in every corner of the country. In Hindu mythology, there are three ultimate creators of the whole universe- Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva. One of the most famous temples of Shiva is Eklingji Temple in Udaipur region of Rajasthan.
Are you wondering, why the temple is named Eklingji? Being the diverse land with exorbitant population, after every 100 km, the language changes and hence the names are also changed. You will be amazed to know that Lord Shiva alone has 108 names. Out of those 108 names, Eklingji is also the name of Lord Shiva. This is the name by which Lord Shiva is worshipped in Udaipur.
Even though the name is changed, the faith and devotion attached to Lord Shiva remain the same. The purpose of these temples, mosques, churches, and monasteries is to help human beings forget their worries and attain spirituality. They are the treasure of vast history, culture, traditions, beliefs of ancient people and a reflection of their glorious lives.
Eklingji Temple was built in the 8th century. It is a prime spot for musing about the Lord Shri Ekling Ji. The temple is located in the Kailashpuri district of Udaipur. This Hindu temple is built by the Maharanas of Mewar as these warriors were devoted to God Shri Ekling Ji, for their success. Udaipur City Tour Package, offered by HolidaysDNA makes your visit to this holy temple all the more alluring.
Architecture of Eklingji Temple Udaipur
Eklingji Temple has a marvelous architecture. The temple is double storied with colossal pyramidal style roof and remarkably carved tower which adds to its beauty.
Exterior- The exterior walls of temples are stretched with stairs which directly descends in the water.
Entrance- On entering the temple, you will greet a silver image of Nandi (bull). According to mythology, Nandi is considered to be the gate-guardian deity of Mountain Kailasa. There are two other carvings of Nandi in brass and black stone in the temple.
Interior- The four-faced idol of Lord Shiva or Eklingji is placed in the main temple. The statue is placed in a towering pillared hall called a mandap.
Four-faced statue- The idol is about 50 feet in height and is made out of black stone. The four-faced figure depicts four different forms of Lord Shiva. The eastern side recognizes Surya (the sun), western side recognizes Lord Brahma (the ultimate creator), northern side recognizes Lord Vishu(the supreme being), and the southern side is Rudra (the mightiest of the mighty). The Eklinga statue is encircled with the figures of Goddess Parvati (Wife of Shiva), Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikay (sons of Shiva).
Around the temple- The north side of the temple has two tanks named- Karz Kund and Tulsi Kund.
Image Gallery of Eklingji Temple Udaipur
History of Eklingji Temple Udaipur
The history of Eklingji Temple is recorded in the Ekalinga Mahatmya, a historical text written in the 15th century. According to the text, the original temple was built in 734 A.D. by ruler Bappa Rawal. The temple has been a victim of loot and plunders during the rule of Delhi Sultanate. The original temple and its idols were physically damaged.
In the late years, the temple was renovated and modified by many kings to preserve the glory and faith of people in Shri Eklingji. The temple originally belonged to Pashupata sect, then Nath sect and post 16th century it is managed and controlled by Ramanandis.
In the 14th century, post-invasion, the first idol was placed by Hamir Singh in the main temple. In the 15th century, Rana Kumbha renovated the temple by adding the Vishnu temple. In the 1460 inscription, Rana Kumbha is described as the accomplice of Lord Eklingji.
Later in the 15th century, the temple was again attacked by the Malwa Sultanate’s Ghiyath Shah. He was defeated by the Rana Raimal, the son of Rana Kumbha. Rana Raimal captured Shah and procured ransom for his release. He used the money to reinstate the glory of the temple. This was the final rebuilding of the temple, and an idol of Eklingji was installed in the main temple complex.
How to reach Eklingji Temple Udaipur
The Eklingji temple is located at a distance of 22 km from Udaipur. It is easily accessible from airways, railways, and roadways. Public transit is readily available from the main city center. You can hire a cab and reach the temple within 35 to 45 minutes.
By Airways- Dabok airport is located 21 Km away from the main city center. There are five major cities, namely- Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Aurangabad, which are connected to Udaipur. If you are short of time then taking flight is a suitable option.
By Railways- Udaipur is connected to many places via rail network. The railway is located just 3 km away from the City center. You can find a direct train from Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Chittaur, Ajmer, and Ahmedabad to the City of Lakes, Udaipur. The train journeys can be really fun when you are traveling with your family or friends, so don’t forget to ask them to tag along.
By Roadways- Udaipur is connected to National Highway 8. NH 8 is a major Delhi- Mumbai link road. You can take advantage of public transport like cabs, taxis, and buses. The four states(i.e., Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh) transport corporation run their buses to and from Udaipur offering affordable, safe and comfortable journey. We recommend taking public transport like a bus as you get to meet different people and spend more time witnessing the astonishing views.
For a relaxed trip to the famed temple and other attractions of Udaipur, you can board onto one of the cabs provided by car rentals in Udaipur.
Entry fees and timings of Eklingji Temple Udaipur
Eklingji temple has no entry fees; you are always welcome to Lord Shiva’s abode. All you need is ensuring that the temple is open. The temple door opens for darshan in three shifts-
Early morning- 4:30 AM to 7 AM
Late morning and early noon- 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Evening- 5 PM to 7:30 PM
With our Udaipur Local sightseeing tours, you can visit the marvellous Eklingji Temple and many more attractions in the city.
Things to do at Eklingji Temple Udaipur
The temples host special events during Navaratras. The events in Chaitra and Ashwin month of Hindu calendar fetch devotees from all around the world. People seek blessings of the God and relieve themselves from all the stress. It is believed that by taking the blessing of Ekilingji, people bring themselves one step closer to spiritual breakthroughs from all the worldly struggles and pains.
Places to visit near Eklingji Temple Udaipur
You can find many other holy places located around the Ekilingji temple. Each temple has its significance in the life of one or other devotee. The temples like Rathasan Devi, Pataleshwar Mahadeo, Vindhyavasini Devi, and Arbad Mata set a new definition of beautiful architecture and serene environment. Out of many, there are two very famous temples in the premises of Eklingji temple.
The Sas Bahu Temple is one of the rarest temples built in the 10th century. This temple is dedicated to the legendary mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. The temple has some erotic images carved intricately on its wall.
Adbudji Jain temple is another temple dating back to the 17th century. The temple has an idol of Shanti Nath Bhagwan. The figurine is made up of black marble. Other than visiting temples, you can also hire a tourist guide and roam around to understand the history of Kailashpuri dynasty and take a look at the astonishing views around.
You can opt for our Udaipur tour packages to visit the most famous tourist attractions in Udaipur.
Best Time to visit Eklingji Temple Udaipur
There is no best time to seek God's blessing but keeping the weather in mind, you can take a quick trip in the spring season (February- March).