Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Eklingji - Temple of Lord Shiva Near Udaipur, Rajasthan

The temple of Eklingji is one such famous historical spot of Rajput times, situated 30 kms from Udaipur and 300 kms fom Ahmadabad. There is a lot of historical importance of this ancient temple of Lord Shiva. You can easily reach this famous temple by road either from Udaipur or Ahmadabad. There are regular buses plying from both these destinations as well as from all large cities of Rajasthan. However, generally such buses are running overcrowded and the better option to reach this Eklingji temple is by hired car or taxi, which is easily available from all cities of Rajasthan and Gujarat. This temple is said to be around 2000 years old. All the Rajput kings starting from King Udaising, who constructed this temple in twelfth century, have been regularly visiting this temple to pray. The statue/lingam of Lord Shiva here is having four faces. This is the most unique feature of this temple. The famous Rajput king Maharana Pratap was the most frequent visitor of this temple. Even today, the temple appears to be gorgeous and royal due to its spacious layout, and the most beautiful scenarios near and around this temple. The regular morning and evening arti rituals are really worth attending.

There is a small hotel here in which all the visitors can stay for a night halt if they wish. The reasonably clean and neat rooms are available here at the nominal rates of around Rs.200 per day. There is a famous lake, named as Indrasagar located near to this temple. The boating facilities are also available in this lake during the peak season of early winter months from October to December. The temple gates are closed from 7 pm to 7 am every day. It is better to visit this temple during the winter months of October to March as summer months are extremely hot and there can be also an acute water shortage in this area. The availability of food varieties is also limited and the food items served here are very spicy. The tourists can also visit the other famous sightseeing spots like kankroli, kesariaji, and Shreenathji with this Eklingji temple on their way to Udaipur from Ahmedbad. Each of these places has beauty of its own and has significant historical importance.

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