Jagdish Temple, Vastu Sastra’s finest example

Jagdish temple is a very famous temple of Udaipur, Rajasthan. It is the temple which is one of the largest temples of the Udaipur and it is dedicated to God Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. The temple is constructed in 1651 AD by the then ruler of Udaipur, Maharaja Jagat Singh I. It is constructed following the Hindu Vastu Sastra. The temple is known for its fine carving, beautiful sculptures, and splendid architecture.

There are some other shrines belonging to God Ganesh, God Sun, Goddess Shakti, and Lord Shiva. These shrines encircle the main shrine of God Jagdish. Jagdish temple is three storied and it is covered with near about 79 feet Pyramidal spire which can be seen from a good distance vividly. The beauty of the temple can be examined through the intricate carvings done on the 100 pillars standing in first and second stories of the temple. Sculptures of Dancers, musicians, horseman and elephants on the pyramidal spire seem to be very tempting.

The main image of God Jagdish or Lord Vishnu with four hands is molded very beautifully on the one piece of black stone; it is fine example of best carving. Besides main shrines of God Jagdish, there are some other shrines which are dedicated to God Ganesha, God Sun, Goddess Shakti and God Shiva. These shrines encircles to the main shrine of God Vishnu.

One more image of Garuda – half man and half eagle – is made out of brass and also worth seeing. Besides it, there is a stone slab which has inscription and referred to the king Jagat Singh I as well as a huge elephant which is very beautiful too, is also standing at the entrance of the temple.

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