Eklingji Temple, Udaipur is the most noteworthy temple positioned at a distance of approximately 24 kilometers away from the main Udaipur city. Just like the city itself is valued and admired by loads of voyagers similarly the Eklingji Temple in Udaipur is also the most esteemed temple and specially selected by the holiday makers.
The architectural radiance of Eklingji Temple resembles that of the Jain Temples of Gujarat and is the dwelling place of Lord Shiva who is portrayed here as a four faced Black marble image. The four faces of the Lord are whispered as the four faces of Vishnu (facing north), Surya (facing east), Brahma (facing west), and Maheshwar (facing south) and Shiva here is hence venerated as Parambrahma, which typify the “wholesome one”.Lord Shiva and other deities are carefully cleaned up and studded with new flared clothes and also ornamented with trinkets. However, it also displays two tanks, which are commonly known as Karz Kund and Tulsi Kund located on the northern sides of the temple.
Why this Temple was established?
The Maharana were the devotees of Lord Shiva. Owing to an inner urge and compelled by the devotional sentiments, this temple was established.
Significance of the deity in Eklingji Temple
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.
Eklingaji is a famous Shiva temple situated in Udaipur District of Rajasthan. Eklingaji was worshipped by ancient Mewar kings, and Eklingi is considered as their Kula Deva. There are lot of Shiva temples located throughout the world, and among that, Eklingaji Temple is considered as one of the holy temples of Lord Shiva. In this temple Shiva Rathri festival is grandly celebrated. During every Monday, full moon and no moon days, special abhishekham would be performed to the Shiva Lingam.
This Eklingji Temple was built in 8th century A.D, by the then king of Rajasthan. This temple structure and the idols were badly damaged by the Muslim kings.However, the temple was subsequently repaired and reconstructed by many Rajasthani Kings due to the grace of Lord Eklingaji. Eklingaji means the Supreme god Shiva.
It is believed that some North Indian Shaivite saints visited this temple, and sung bhakti songs on Lord Shiva, and some of the verses from their songs are as follows:
1. Oh! Eklingaji you are the supreme god Shiva, and you have three eyes, and you look like a holy saint!
2. Oh! Eklingaji you are the creator, protector and the destroyer of the entire universe. Only through your powers, the entire universe is functioning properly.
3. Oh! Eklingaji, even the four faced Brahma and Lord Vishnu cannot fully explain about your importance.
4. Before giving salvation, you are testing your devotees, and making them to get sanctified and purified.
5. By chanting your innumerable names and your mantras, I am getting great happiness, and spiritual energy flows from top to bottom of my body.
6. Nothing would come along with us after our death, except our Shiva Bhakti.
7. Lord Shiva has created us in order to keep bhakti on him.
8. In your holy mountain kailash, lot of sages are meditating on you, and your guardian Nandi Bhagavan is always keeping his eyes on you.
9. Oh Lord! Make me to fully understand you and give me the everlasting spiritual bliss.