|Known as the protector deity
of Mewar, Eklingji Temple is located about twelve miles to the North of
Udaipur in Rajasthan. This deity was regarded as the pragmatic ruler by the
Maharajas of Mewar - who considered themselves to be regents (Dewans) under
Eklingji. A beautiful town, Eklingji attracts thousands of visitors
throughout the year. This temple is said to have been founded by Acharya
Viswaroopa a contemporary of Adi Sankaracharya and is linked with the
Sharada Math at Dwaraka founded again by Adi Sankaracharya.
Design & Framework
The temple occupies an area of about 2500 sq. feet and is about 65 feet in
height. The temple area is fortified and a strong wall runs around it. The
main entrance to the temple on the Western side welcomes visitors into a big
hall resting on profusely carved pillars. In this hall, is a silver image of
Nandi. There are two more Nandis in the temple, one made of black stone and
the other of brass.
Other deities housed in the temple complex include Parvati, Ganesh, Ganga,
Kartikeya, Yamuna and Saraswathi. There are also small temples dedicated to
Ambamata, Kalka Mata and Ganesh in the temple complex. There is another
temple called Nathon Ka Mandir in the temple complex with inscriptions
dating back to the 10th century CE. No worship is offered here.