Eklingji Temple Kailash Puri
About Eklingji Temple
Eklingji is a Hindu temple complex in Udaipur District of Rajasthan in western India. Eklingji is believed to be the ruling deity of Mewar Princely State and the Ruler Maharana rules as his Dewan.
Begun in 971, the temple complex was built by the Guhila (later called Sesodia) dynasty of Mewar, in honor of their presiding deity Eklingji, a form of Lord Shiva. The beautifully sculpted temple complex includes 108 temples within its high walls. The main temple, which dates to the 15th century, was rebuilt from the ruins of an earlier destroyed temple. The walled complex is made of marble and granite and has an enormous double-storied, elaborately pillared hall or "mandap" under a vast pyramidal roof, with a four-faced image of Lord Shiva in black marble. Another temple in the complex is the Lakulish Temple; built in 971, it is the only temple of the Lakulish sect in the whole of India.
Located 22 km north of Udaipur, Eklingji is conveniently reached by bus and car. Tourists can access to the complex from RSTC buses that runs from Udaipur to Eklingji and other major destinations of Rajasthan. It takes approximately an hour (60 Minutes) to reach Eklingji from Udaipur. The Eklingji temple is surrounded by long walls of hard rock. This fascinating temple was built in 734 A.D. It consists of 108 temples chiseled out of sandstone and marble. The Maharana of Udaipur pays a private visit to the temple on Monday evening.
Eklingji is a revered place of devotion for Hindu tourists in India. Lord is referred as the kuldevta (or Ishtadevata) of many Brahmins communities including Trivedi Mewada and Bhatt Mewada of Mewar& Gujarat region. Most of the faithful pilgrims visit the temple on Monday to seek the special blessings of Lord Shiva. On other days of the week the temple is relatively crowd free.
There are other ancient temples near Eklingji, such another Shiva Temple that was built in the time of MaharanaRaimal between 1473 and 1509.
About 1 km from Eklingji, Nagda town is famous for its SahasraBahu Temples and Adbudji temples. The Sas-Bahu Temple is widely known for its exquisite stone carvings, which are related to incidents in the great Indian epic the Ramayana.
By Rail: To reach Rajasthan, train is a good option. The state as a whole has 4600 Km of railway track, which means that it is evenly spread throughout the region. This wide railway network enables the state to get easily connected with the rest of the country. However, there are direct links from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
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By Air: Rajasthan has good connectivity with many cities around the globe and has three major airports. For domestic/international flights, there is an airport in Jaipur. Another international airport closest to reach destinations in Rajasthan by air is at Delhi 260 kilometers away from Jaipur. Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur have domestic airports connected from major cities in India.
By Road: The state has well connected state and national highways. There are twenty National Highways that snake around the state covering an area of 6373 Km. The most famous National Highway is NH8, which passes through Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Vadodra, Mumbai and many others. Others nineteen National Highways are NH 11, NH 3, NH 11B, NH 11A, NH 14, NH 12, NH 65, NH 15, NH 79, NH 76, NH 89, NH 79A, NH 112, NH 90, NH 113, NH 116, and NH 114.
Also, for those travelling from bus: The state has appreciable bus services by the government, with the name of Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) and has been serving since 49 years. There are more than 5000 buses and 56 depots in the state, three of which have buses that travel to other neighboring states. Some of the major neighboring states from Rajasthan are, Haryana, Gujarat, Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
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