Situated 22 km north of the city of the lakes, Udaipur is a renowned temple of Eklinga Ji. The 50 ft. high temple with two stories and a great pyramidal roof catches one’s eye from miles away.
Built by the rulers of Guhila dynasty, the temple is nothing less than an architectural masterpiece, considering it’s been made way back in the 15th century. The inception of the temple is even older. It is believed that the primary construction of the temple had begun in 971 CE by the erstwhile king of Mewar- Bappa Rawal.
The whole complex of the temple is made of marble and granite with unique carvings on them. The most interesting part of the temple is its grand hall, called Mandap, which is supported by a number of pillars that too have intriguing carvings on them.
At the center of the temple resides the main deity (or Ishta dev) of Trivedi, Mewada, and Guhila dynasty of Mewar and Gujarat- Eklingaji. Eklingaji in the temple presides in the form of multifaceted Shivlingam of whopping 5 feet. It is believed that the north face denotes lord Vishnu, eastern face lord Surya (Sun), western one lord Brahma (the creator), and the southern one Lord Rudra or Shiva himself. The presence of both Vishnu and Rudra’s symbol gave temple the title of Harihara (temple where both the deities are worshipped).
The temple is known by yet another name by the denizens of Mewar- Medhpateshwar or Lord of Medhpat. The etymology behind this particular name can be attributed to the belief that Eklinga Ji himself is the King of Mewar, and the rulers are mere Diwan or prime ministers of the ruling deity.
Though the temple of Medhapateshwar or Eklingaji is the primary building of the temple complex, it isn’t the only one. Shrines of Goddess Saraswati and Yamuna are built inside the temple complex too. Moreover, the Medhapateshwar temple itself holds grand idols of goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya around the Shivlingam. Just outside the garbgriha where all these idols preside is a huge idol of Nandi (The bull mount of Lord Shiva) made of silver. In fact, that is not the only place one can find this ardent devotee cum mount of Lord Shiva; most of the carvings in the temple depicts Nandi in black stones and brass.
Nevertheless, the silver idol remains the most significant one, more so as it reflects the prosperity the land had witnessed in the bygone era. Another testament of the prosperous times is the heavy silver door of the temple which has the intricate carving of Lord Ganesha and his brother Lord Kartikeya too, symbolizing that the two siblings are protecting the entrance of the temple.
The opulence of the temple is awe-worthy year round, but one can observe the epitome of it during the grand celebrations of Maha Shivratri and Eklingji Patotsav.
Eklingji Temple Timings
Morning: 4:30 AM - 7:00 AM, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM,
Evening: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM