Jagdish Temple-Udaipur is an Indo-Aryan style architechture temple in Udaipur. This temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. He was the ruler of Udaipur during that time period (1628-53). “Jagdish” is one of the many names of Lord Vishnu and this temple is also dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan) and one of the largest temple in Udaipur.
Jagdish Temple Architecture
Jagdish temple-Udaipur has a magnificent architecture and its gateway can be easily sited from the Bara Pol of the City Palace which at a distance of 150 meters. This three storied temple has finely carved pillars, beautifully decorated ceilings, well painted walls and lush halls. It was known that it costs around 1.5 million rupees at that time to build it. Its 79 feet high spire of main temple rules Udaipur skyline. Jagdish temple main temple spire decorated with well crafted sculptures of dancers, elephants, horsemen and musicians. At the welcome gate of the temple there are two huge stone elephants and on the very front of the temple, a stone slab has inscriptions with reference to Maharaja Jagat Singh. There are 32 marble steps to reach the main shrine.
A brass image of Garuda which is actually a figure of half-man and half-eagle is depicting like it is guarding the doorway of Lord Vishnu. Jagdish temple-Udaipur main shrine has magnificent idol of four-armed Lord Vishnu. This complete idol of Lord Vishnu is carved out of a single piece of black stone. It attracts everyone with its holy and divine looks. There four other smaller shrines which encircling main shrine. These shrines are dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Sun God, Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva respectively.
There are other artistic architectures which are famous and attractive too. Like a pyramidal spire, mandap (prayer hall) and a porch are best among them. The first and the second storey of the temple possess 50 pillars each and all have magnificent carvings which adds to temple beauty. Jagdish temple was also built with Hindu architectural science of ‘Vastushstra’. Many devotees from far and near come to visit this holy place of worship every year.
Timings: 4.15 a.m – 1.00 p.m (Morning) / 5.15 p.m – 8.00 p.m (Evening). Open on all days
Location of Jagdish Temple-Udaipur
Jagdish Temple is located in inside the City Palace Complex of Udaipur. One can easily reach by local means of transport. Udaipur is well connected by road, rail and air.