One of the most famous temples in Rajasthan, Eklingji Temple Complex is located in Aklingji (Kailashpuri) city, 22 km north of Udaipur on National Highway No. 8. City Eklingji got its name from these temples Ekalgangi Temple is located at a distance of 24 km north of Udaipur.
Eklingji is a temple complex made up of 108 temples. Famous for its excellent architecture, the first of which was built by Bappa Rawal in 734 AD, who ruled the Mewar empire. This temple is the ruler god of the Mewar rulers. Later, the temple was rebuilt by various kings and is currently responsible for Maharana Himmat (15th century).
It is said that devoted to Lord Shiva, Ekalji was founded by one of the contemporaries of Shankaracharya, Acharya Vishavvaparma. This temple is closely linked to the Sharda monastery in Dwarka established by Shankaracharya.
Spread over an area of about 2,500 sq. Ft., The temple complex is surrounded by strong high walls, in which the ‘Kund’ temple is surrounded with bathing roofs. The main temple is a double-story structure with a pyramid style of roof and small carved tower housing with small and large temples. The temple is about 65 feet long. The entrance gate from the western edge of the temple leads to a huge ornate pillars hall with a canopy of a huge pyramidal roof with hundreds of knots. This hall has complexly carved pillars that are decorated with Nandi silver idol. Apart from this, there are two other images of Nandi in the temple premises, one is made of black stone and the other is made in bronze.
In the sanctuary of Ekalgangi Temple is the statue of Chief Devata Eklingji, which is represented by a bust with four faces. Made of black marble, it has four faces which represent the four forms of Lord Shiva formed in four directions. The east-facing part is identified as the sun, the part that faces the west is Lord Brahma, the north-headed part is Lord Vishnu and the south-facing part is Rudra. The top of this statue is covered by a mystical symbolic depiction. Shivalinga surrounded by silver snakes is surrounded by idols of goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Kartikeya.
Statues of Yamuna and Saraswati are also placed in the temple. Silver doors containing images of Lord Shiva and Lord Kartikeya are other main features of the temple. The temples of Amba Mata, Ganeshji and Kalika are located in the temple complex.
The number of carving from Kama-sutra and the life-size image of Bappa Rawal also punishes this temple. The interior of the temple is decorated with a pillared hall and a large pyramid roof, which is composed of hundreds of knots, decorated with carved and colorful stones.
Located on the main entrance of the temple on the western side, in which there is a large hall resting on the carved pillars. There is also a temple of Nathan in the temple complex, which contains inscriptions in the 10th century. Two tanks called Karaz Kund and Tulsi Kund are located in the northern part of the temple, and the water of these tanks is used for the purpose of the temple.
One of the most important festivals celebrated here is Eklingji Pittosav, an important event organized in Chaitra month is celebrated here with full enthusiasm and enthusiasm.