of the Diety:
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 face of Rudra and the
upraised top is Shiva lingam, which is an embodiment of
Sadashiva with Amba his consort.
sect to which the temple belongs:
of the Temple:
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 door steps are jutted with gems. On each gate there is
Nandi (bull) statue facing the idol.
fourteenth century shrine has been rebuilt, renovated
and expanded from time to time. The campus
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
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 statute 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 size statue of
Bapa Rawal with joint hands seems to be looking efforts
in 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 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.
aspects of temple:
Glorious narrative of Shri Eklingji tells us that Shri
Eklingaji has been in existence since Sat yuga. In that
age Indra , the King of Goddess Nandini worshiped
Eklingaji. In the Treta age, the Kamdhenu came running
to Shri Eklingji as she was afraid of Vishwamitra.
She Prayed to Eklingji and the armies of Vishwamitra
were defeated to the delight of Guru Vashistha. In the
Dwapar age when Janamejaya performed the sacrifice of
snakes, the Takshaka serpent was mortally afraid and he
came to the shoulder
features of the temple:
Place is spiritual capital of Mewar. Perhaps in the
world history, this is a rare example that the ultimate
power of rule was vested with the powerful God Shiva.
The Maharanas of Udaipur have ruled as a representative
of Shri Eklingji. Presently the royal family has
established a private trust known as Eklingji trust
Shivaratri is the main festival on which thousands of
devotees come here for Darshan. During the year every
Monday this temlpe is croweded with devotees of Lord
Shiva. The main festivals other than Shirvaratri are
Pradosh, Makar Sankaranti etc. During the months of
Vaishakh & Shravan special manooraths are preformed
here.The chief trustee of this trust is Shri Arvind
Singh Mewar , the ex-Maharana of Udaipur. In his
supervision dozens of officers and workers of the trust
are engaged in the management of the temple and its
& Fairs in Temple (Main Events):
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.
am to 7.00 am and 10.30 am to 1.30 pm
pm to 7.30 pm
& Traditions of Temple:
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 in to the safe maintained by Mewar Shiva Shakti
Peetha. This Money is not spent for 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.
we venerate Lord Eklingaji. We also venerate all Lingas.
Let the Lingas inspire us.
(If any particular) in text:
Pooja of the deity is performed as per Shiva Tradition.
requiring global attention for conservation, protection
and improvement of the temple:
ancient temple, 1300 years old has a wide sprawling
campus. There are as many as 72 holy spots such as
Samadhis, muth and temples. Today crores of rupees are
required to renovate the temple for keeping its
architecture ant structures intact. Eklingaji trust in
the past year has spent a big amount despite its limited
resources. Presently in order to highlight the entire
architectural grandeur, documentation of a project city
within a city is in progress and lack of rupees may be
spent on this.
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