Inside the City Palace complex of Udaipur, lies a temple architecture in Indo-Aryan style. The temple is dedicated to "Jagdish" which is one of the many names of Lord Vishnu. Built in 1651 by the then ruler Maharana Jagat Singh, the Jagdish Temple is one of the largest temples in Udaipur.
The temple has a glorious architecture and its entrance is visible from the Bara Pol of the City Palace which is located at a distance of 150 meters. The temple is a three storied building with well-painted walls, admirably carved pillars, luxurious halls and elegantly decorated ceilings. It is believed that the cost of construction was around 1.5 million rupees at that time. The 79 feet high spire of the main temple is decorated with well-carved sculptures of elephants, horsemen, dancers and musicians.
The entrance gate of the temple is occupied with two huge stone elephants. A stone slab is placed on the very front of the temple inscribed with reference to Maharaja Jagat Singh. The main shrine of the temple can be reached by taking the 32 marble steps.
The main shrine of the temple holds a magnificent idol of four-armed Lord Vishnu as Jagannath, Lord of the Universe. This attractive idol is carved out of a single piece of black stone displaying the divinity of the Lord. There are four other smaller shrines around the main shrine which are dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Sun God, Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva respectively. Facing the main structure, a brass idol of Garuda (Vishnu's man-eagle vehicle) is guarding the doorway to Lord Vishnu.
The temple is built by following the Hindu architectural science of ‘Vastushstra’. There are other aesthetic architectures in the compound which are notable and appealing too. Prayer hall (also known as mandap), a porch and a pyramidal spire are among the best ones. The first and second floors of the temple possess magnificently carved 50 pillars each which beautify the temple.Many devotees from all around the world visit this holy place every year to worship the lord and be mesmerized with the divine ambience of the temple compound.