Full Day Tour 09:00 AM To 06:00 PM
This temple of Eklingji was built in 734 AD. Enclosed by high walls, it is devoted to Eklingji (A form of Shiv Deity adored under the epithet of EKLINGA). One of the prominent deity of the Maharanas of Mewar, worshiped as Mahadeva Chaumukhi, the quadriform divinity, represented by a bust with four faces., it has an ornate Man dap [A pillared hall] and the huge pyramidal roof composed of hundreds of knots very vividly carved and finely decorated with the coloured stones. Before the entrance in the main temple there is a beautifully sculpted huge Nandi the sacred brazen bull who is the loyal steed of Lord Shiva and has his altar attached to all his shrines.
Nagda, that is located at 23 kilometers from Udaipur, is the former capital of the ancient Mewar. Though initially known as Naga-hrada, present day Nagda was found in the 6th century by the Nagaditya. Tourists mainly come to this part to see the ruins of the Vishnu, Shiva, Jain temples that reflect the great architecture of the past days. Of the local architectures that characterize this place the 'Sas-bahu temple' and the temple of 'Adbudji' are the most renowned.
The 'Sas-bahu temple' of Nagda is one of the most famous for the exotic range of carvings that mostly remind one of the relics of the great Indian epic of Ramayana. Divided in two parts the 'Sas' temple is lager compared to the 'bahu' part. Built in the 10th century this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Enjoy the exquisite octagonal ceilings of the 'Bahu' temple that houses eight female figurines that reflect the rich artistic skills of the ancient architecture. If you visit this pace you can find a total of 10 smaller shrines surrounding the 'Sas temple' while the 'bahu temple' has 4 temples.
The other most important attraction of Nagda is the Jain temple of 'Adbudji'. Built during the reign of Rana Kumbha the temple houses a nine foot image of the Jain saint Shanti Nath. The temple is so called because of this odd idol that is housed in this temple.
This is a half day trip from Udaipur to the Nagda Eklingi Temples, both of which have old Hindu temples. This tour is a must do for every
archaeology and history buff!
The Eklingji complex dates back more than 1300 years old. There are 108 sandstone and marble shrines within the temple complex. Eklingji, the temple diety, is one of the many forms of Lord Shiva and the ruling deity of Mewar.