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“1300 Years Old and Still Beautiful Today”
Review of Eklingji Temple

Eklingji Temple
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Private Day Trip to Kumbhalgarh Fort Including Lunch at Kumbhalgarh Royal Villas
Ranked #5 of 98 things to do in Udaipur
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“1300 Years Old and Still Beautiful Today”
Reviewed 22 March 2011

This place is some 1300 years old, and still beautiful and in use today. Wow. It is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, and the four-faced black marble statue inside is the center of attention. The temple is full of beautiful marble carvings, and inside you'll see a silver image of Nandi. There are 108 temples in this area, but this one is the best and pilgrims come from all over the Hindu world to pay homage to Lord Shiva here.

Aside from the architectural and historical interest, visiting here is also an interesting cultural experience. We visited on a Monday (which is the busiest day since it is a day for Lord Shiva), and the place was packed with local people. We had to wait in line for a while to get inside. There was only one group of tourists except the three of us. At the entrance to the temple you'll find lots of village ladies selling offerings for Lord Shiva. No shoes or socks are allowed, and it gets a little gross in places, but not too bad.

Inside everyone is praying and giving offerings, it is quite a spectacle as people crowd each other to pay their respects first. If you haven't seen a real Hindu temple in action, this is a good place. Mondays are always the busiest, and every Monday evening the royal family from Udaipur comes to this temple to pay respect to Lord Shiva. Much of the complex is currently closed because of an attempted robbery that happened lately.

Make sure to bring a guide with you, it will enrich your experience greatly to know what is actually going on, and to hear about the history and religious significance. It is in a small village about 22 km north of Udaipur and not a lot of tourists visit here. There are 108 other temples in the area you can check out if you are so inclined, some are interesting others not so much. The temple opens only from 10:30 AM to about 2:00 PM I think it is (don't quote me on the closing time), so you can sleep in and still go see it.

Outside the temple you have a small village where you can browse the stands and shops, and try some local food but be prepared to be hassled by beggars. Just ignore them.

Visited March 2011
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