The temple was said to be built in 8th century by Bapa Rawal, the eighth ruler of the Guhilot dynasty of Rajputs and founder of the Mewar Dynasty (Rajasthan) during the period 734 – 753.Later, the temple has been renovated by various rulers of Mewar. The temple complex was built Guhila, the dynasty of Mewar.
The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Eklingji, one of the form of Lord Shiva. Lord Eklingji is believed to be the ruling god of the former Mewar.The image of Lord Shiva t this temple is a four faced image made out of black marble.
The other important temple inside the temple complex of Eklingji temple is Lakulish temple built in 971. The Lakulish temple is considered to be the only temple in India dedicated to the sect of Lakulish, a prominent Shaivite revivalist, reformist and preceptor of the doctrine of the Pashupatas, one of the oldest sects of Shaivism.
Lord Eklingji is considered as the main deity (Ishtadevta) for many Brahmin communities such as Trivedi Mewara and Bhatt Mewara of Mewar & Gujarat region.The popular feature of the temple is that the temple contains 108 temples inside its temple complex.The high walls of the temple are made of marble and granite.
Monday is considered to be the special day for Lord Eklingji and other than other days the temple will be filled with more devotees.
The temple remains open in the morning from 4.30 AM to 7.00 AM and again from 10.30 AM to 1.30 PM and in the evening from 5.00 PM to 7.30 PM.
- Maha Shivratri – February/March
- Navratri – September/October
- Makar Sankranti (Harvest festival) – January
Location and Transportation
The nearest airport to reach Eklingji temple is Dabok airport also called as Maharana Pratap airportwhich is about 40 kms.
The nearest railway station to reach Eklingji temple is Udaipur railway station which is about 25 kms. Udaipur railway station has direct trains on the broad gauge network to most of the major cities in Rajasthan and the rest of India such as Khajuraho, Alwar, Jaipur, Kota, Chittorgarh, Ajmer, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ratlam, Indore, Ujjain, Mumbai, Surat, Baroda, and Gwalior
The city has bus lines running for majority of other destinations in Rajasthan and farther north and west towards Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Apart from Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC), there are numerous private operators or companies provide the bus services to and from the other cities.
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