Built by: Bappa Rawal
Built in: 734 A.D
Dedicated to: Lord Shiva
Highlights: 50 feet high image of Lord Shiva
How to reach: One can easily reach Eklingji Temple from the city by taking regular buses or by hiring taxis
Eklingi Temple in Rajasthan is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is an architectural marvel situated at a distance of 22 km from Udaipur in the town of Eklingi, hence, named so. The Eklingi Temple built by Bappa Rawal dates back to 734 A.D. and since then it has been the ruling deity of Mewar.
The mesmerizing beauty of the four-faced idol of Lord Shiva (Eklingi) in black marble does not the devotees to take off their eyes from it. This idol is 50 feet high; the four faces of the idol depict the four forms of Lord Shiva. The Shivlinga adorned with a silver snake is another attraction of the Eklingi temple.The temple also encompasses the idols of Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikay, Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Yamuna.
Best time to visit Eklingi Temple is at the time of Shivrati. The festival of Shivratri is celebrated with zest and zeal at Eklingi Temple. Idol of Lord Shiva is garlanded with jewelry and the whole temple is awesomely decorated.
Amongst other temples of Kailashpuri (better known as Eklingji), temples of Pataleshwar Mahadeo, Arbada Mata, Rathasan Devi and Vindhyavasini Devi are worth mentioning. The wonderful architecture of these temples makes the onlooker to ponder over the artistry of those times. The city of Eklingji or Kailashpuri is located amidst a beautiful valley on the lands of Rajasthan that houses some of the marvelous temples of India. While planning your trip to Udaipur, don't forget to include Eklingji in your itinerary, otherwise you would be at a miss.