Jagdish Temple - Udaipur

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 Jagdish Temple - Udaipur

About Jagdish Temple

Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu shrine which is situated in the city of Udaipur inside the complex of city palace. It is a very prominent tourist spot, initially it was called the temple of Jagannath Rai but now it is called Jagdish-ji. It is a main shrine in Udaipur dedicated to Lord Laxmi Narayan. The Jagdish Temple is built on a tall terrace. It was founded in the year 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh Ji, the ruler of Udaipur during 1628-53. The construction of the temple was completed in the year 1651. Paths taking off from various city walls meet at the Jagdish Temple. It is an example of Maru-Gurjara. It connects a double-storey Mandapa (hall) with a double-storey saandhara with a covered ambulatory chamber. The mandapa has another storey inserted within its pyramidal samavarna (bellroof) while the hollow clustered spire over the chamber has two more nonfunctional legends.

Architecture of Jagdish Temple

Jagdish Temple is one of the prominent shrines of Udaipur. It is situated inside the complex of City Palace of Udaipur. This temple is built of the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. Important highlights of the temple are elaborate carvings on pillars. The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe. It is famous for being the largest temple in the city of Udaipur. The entrance of this temple is situated about 150 meters from the Bara Pol of the City Palace.

This three-storied temple is a marvel of architecture that consists of magnificently carved pillars, painted walls adorned ceilings and lush halls. The summit of the main shrine is about 79 feet high which controls the skyline of Udaipur. This summit is decorated with statues of dancers, horsemen, elephants, and musicians making it really an amazing sight to visit.

At the entrance of the shrine 2 huge stone elephants are there to welcome people. At the front of the temple a stone slab marked with the inscriptions related to Maharaja Jagat Singh. To reach the temple, you have to take stairs of 32 steps. Inside the temple, a brass image of Garuda, a shape of half-eagle and half-man is situated. This large statue stands as if; it is safeguarding the entrance of Lord Vishnu.

The main temple has the remarkable four-armed image of Lord Vishnu. This statue is engraved from a single piece of black stone. A single sight of the statue takes the person to the celestial world to find everything calm and quiet. The main temple of Lord Jagdish/ Vishnu is situated centrally surrounded by four smaller temples. These temples are devoted to Goddess Shakti, Lord Shiva, Sun God and Lord Ganesha.

The wonderful architecture of the shrine possess a pyramidal spire, terrace and a mandap (prayer hall). The first and the second storey of the temple each has 50 columns. The elaborate statues on the pillars need an enduring sight to admire the remarkable beauty of this shrine.

At the time of construction of this temple the Hindu architectural science of 'Vastushstra' was kept in mind. People from all over come to visit this beautiful and religious place. The calmness and the architectural wonder of the shrine cannot be explained in words, so one must visit this temple to get the blessings of Lord Jagdish.

Jagdish Temple, Udaipur Flight of Steps, Jagdish Temple
Jagdish Temple Inside View Carvings at Jagdish Temple
Devotees at Jagdish Temple Carvings at Jagdish Temple
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur Jagdish Temple Inside View
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur Jagdish Temple, Udaipur

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