Eklingji is a Hindu temple complex in Udaipur District of Rajasthan in western India. Eklingji is believed to be the ruling deity of Mewar Princely State and the Maharana rules as his Dewan. This ancient temple, 1300 years old has a wide sprawling campus. There are as many as 72 holy spots such as Samadhis, muth and temples. The Shiva lingam is five faced and of the deity, it is made of black stone and an inscription of the south wall of the temple shows that the idol was established and its pratistha bestowal of life was performed by the then Maharana Raimal Ji (1473-1509). The west wars face is that of Lord Brahma. Northward is that of Lord Vishnu, Eastward is of Lord Surya the Son god, southward is the face of Rudra and the upraised top is Shiva lingam, which is an embodiment of Sadashiva with Amba his consort.
The architecture of the Temple
The Temple is very grand and magnificent in conception and perfect in execution. The 50 ft. high Shikhar of the temple has a circumference of 60 ft. The sanctum sanctorum has four doors in all the four directions and the doorsteps are jutted with gems. On each gate, there is a Nandi (bull) statue facing the idol. This fourteenth-century shrine has been rebuilt, renovated and expanded from time to time. The campus. In the Western and southern gate, the door frames are silver covered. On one side above the door is Shri Ganesh. The dispeller of all disturbances and on the other side is Shri Kartikeya ji. They hold a chowry in hands. Right towards the east, there is a drainge which joints the indrasrarova, at the extreme end of which is a Gomukha (burgoyle). Eastern gate has stone lattices to laid the fresh air and light in the west gate of the sanctum sanctorum.
Sabha Mandap since the Maharana’s of Mewar are Suryavanshi (of the sun clan), hence above the western gate of the sanctum sanctorum is a sliver made image of Lord Surya. This Image id extremely beautiful and its jutted with stones. Out of the Sabha Mandap towards the west, there is a big statue of black stone Nandi behind which on a high platform is seated another Nandi made of Asthadhatu (eight Metals). The body of the Nandi is covered with a brass layer. On this very platform, the statue of the king of Mewar Bapa Rawal stands facing the east. This man-sized statue of Bapa Rawal with joint hands seems to be looking efforts in a void as though, he were praying. This statute was established Maharana Bhagwat Singh, the statute is so constructed that its gaze is fixedon Maharshi Harit who is engraved in the main entrance hall of the Sabha Mandap. Maharshi Harit is Seated on an aerial car. It so appears as though Bapa Rawal were receiving the blessings of the Safe Harit by paying him obeisance.
Festivals & Fairs in Temple (Main Events)
Navratras, both of Chaitra and Ashwin attract multitudes of people here. Throughout the year on every Saturday night and Sunday, the faithful devotees visit the temple for removal of their distress.
Custom & Traditions of Temple
It has been said above that Shri Ekling Ji is the god of the Maharanas. This temple belongs to the Maharanas and it is not a public temple. Over the centuries, the pooja of this temple is performed in a royal way and no change is possible. According to this, only the Maharana of Mewar land can perform the Pooja of Shri Ekling Ji. Daily Pooja, however, is performed by the Pujaries appointed by the Maharanas. Even these Pujaries first make a voluntary declaration that they are performing the Pooja in the name of Maharana and at the end of the Pooja, the Pujari receives the deities Aashirwad for the Maharana. The Maharana meet all the expenses of the temple. No gifts or monetary help can be accepted there, However, if any devotee out of his emotional sentiments wants to give a donation, it is dropped into the safe maintained by Mewar Shiva Shakti Peetha. This money is not spent on the temple of Shri Eklingaji but for other religious and charitable activities. The Poor and Needy are also helped with this amount. A separate account of this is maintained.
|Morning Time||Evening Time|
|4:30 AM To 7:00 AM||5:00 PM To 7:30 PM|
|10:30 AM To 1:30 PM||—-|
|Morning Time||Afternoon Time||Evening Time|
|5:30 AM||3:30 PM||5:00 PM|
|8:15 AM||4:30 PM||6:30 PM|
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