Jagdish Temple, Rajasthan

Jagdish Temple is one of the major attractions in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan. This magnificent temple was built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh. The Jagdish temple is dedicated to Lord Jaganatha or Lord Vishnu. The three storied structure consists of beautifully carved pillars, decorated walls and ceilings and magnificent halls. The shikhar or the spire of the main temple is 79 feet high. The spire is embellished with beautiful sculptures of elephants, horsemen, dancers and musicians. The Indo – Aryan style of architecture has a pyramidal spire, a mandap or prayer hall and a porch.

The first two storeys of the Jagdish temple building comprises of 50 pillars each. The remarkable intricate carvings on the pillars are a sight to behold. The sanctum sanctorum has the idol of the four armed deity, Lord Jaganatha. The idol is made of black stone. It is encompassed by four smaller shrines dedicated to the Sun God, Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti.

The Jagdish temple welcomes its visitors with two huge stone elephants on either side of the temple entrance. One has to climb 32 marble steps to reach the shrine. A huge brass idol of Garuda, disciple and ride of Lord Vishnu stands on the gateway of the main shrine. The main highlight of the temple is its intricate carvings on the pillars. The Jagdish temple is located in close proximity of the city palace.

Timings

Jagdish Temple open at 04:15 AM to 01:00 PM and then 05:15 PM to 08:00 PM

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