Udaipur – Sri Ekling Ji Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Ekling Ji Temple

Period of origin

735 A.D

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Ekling Ji

Sthalapuranam:

Once upon a time, Ravana, the king of Lanka, went to Brahmaloka and asked Brahmaji: Please give me Shiva’s such an arrow, by worshiping which, one could attain the fruit of worshiping the twelve Jyotirlingas. Brahma was pleased by the worship of Ravana and he gave him Shiva’s arrow and blessed him by saying “you take this arrow of Shiva. But mind well, not to put it down, except at the place where you actually want to install. If you put it elsewhere, it will be installed at that very place.” Picking that arrow from Brahma, king Ravana proceeded in the direction of Lanka. On the way, coming near the spot Trikuta, in the land of Mewad, he acutely desired to go for routine ritual he stayed at one place . He forgot the blessing of Brahma. So he placed the arrow on the Trikuta Mountain and sat at a distance to make water. As per the blessing of Brahma, the arrow of Shiva got installed on the Trikuta Mountain. After finishing ritual, Ravana came back to pick up the arrow but, he could not succeed. As he tried more and more, the arrow became heavier. Ravana, as a result, started thinking about the reason for this. He thought with cool mind and was reminded of blessing of Brahma. Consequently, he installed that arrow at that very site with due ceremony and performing the necessary rites. He said: “The desire with which, I was wishing to carry and install you in my town; may the similar desire of the king and subjects living in this place, be fulfilled.” And thereafter, naming the arrow of Shiva as Eklingji Mahadev, he went back to Lanka. “O Lord Shiva, please enlighten me why was Ravana carrying away this arrow of Eklingji and what were his desires for that?” asked Pushpadant to Lord Shankara. “By always worshipping and propitiating Eklingji, one can achieve the fruit of worshipping the twelve Jyotirlingas and Panchdevas– was the desire of Ravana. By that fruit the king and the subjects can become followers of Shiva, who are brave, mighty, proud of one’s own faith, pious, and religious minded. This fruit will definitely be available to the kings and the subjects living in Mewad” Shivji made clear the question asked by Pushpadant. The Sage narrated further: My child, I narrated to you the tale of the origin of Eklingji Mahadev. I will tell you now why the arrow of Shree Eklingji has five points. The arrow of Eklingji Mahadev is having the form of Pranav i.e. Omkara. As Pranav has four great statements of the Vedas and Panchdev, equally so the arrow of Eklingji is five-pointed and having the form of Omkara. To recite Pranav and worship it by forming its statue, is equivalent of reciting the name of Eklingji and worshipping the five-pointed arrow. That is the reason why Ravana demanded the arrow of Shankara from Brahma: Akaro Vasudevah Syat, Ukarastu Maheshwarah; Makarah Surya ityuktah, Shaktirnadatmika Mata. Bindurupo Ganeshah Syat, Omkaram Panchdevata. ‘A’ stands forVasudev (i.e. Lord Krishna or Vishnu), ‘U’ stands for Lord Shiva, ‘M’ stands for Lord Surya, the ‘utterance’ stands for Goddess Shakti, and the ‘Dot’ stands for Lord Ganesh – thus the word Omkara has combination of five deities in it. My child, in water, on the earth, everywhere, God is there. Where and in which thing we think of God, there and in that thing the God is present. So he listens to our prayer. There too, Lord Eklingji is present in the form of Pranav, i.e. Omkara itself; a man can attain salvation by concentrating on it. He becomes free from three types of sin, and gets credit in all types of work. You and your generation will be victorious and successful everywhere. O child, do not be bigot (disbeliever) by attaining wealth. Because bigotry (disbelief) leads to fall. You will lose honour from public and lose the kingdom. Until you worship Lord Eklingji with full faith, you will prosper day by day. You will be a sovereign monarch. My child, I wish you happiness all around.

This fourteenth century shrine has been rebuilt, renovated and expanded from time to time. The campus In the Western and southern gate the door frames are silver covered. On one side above the door is Shri Ganesh. The dispeller of all disturbances and on the other side is Shri Kartikeya ji. They hold a chowry in hands. Right towards the east, there is a drainge which joints the indrasrarova, at the extreme end of which is a Gomukha (burgoyle). Eastern gate has stone lattices to laid the fresh air and light in  the west gate of the sanctum sanctorum. Sabha Mandap since the Maharana’s of Mewar are Suryavanshi (of the sun clan), hence above the western gate of the sanctum sanctorum is a sliver made image of Lord Surya. This Image id extremely beautiful and its jutted with  stones. Out of the Sabha Mandap towards the west, there is a big statute of black stone Nandi behind which on a high platform is seated another Nandi made of Asthadhatu (eight Metals).The body of the Nandi is covered with a brass layer. On this very platform the statue of the  king of Mewar Bapa Rawal stands facing the east. This man size statue of Bapa Rawal with joint hands seems to be looking efforts in  void as though, he were praying. This statute was established Maharana Bhagwat Singh , the statute is so constructed that its gaze is fixedon Maharshi Harit who is engraved  the main entrance hall of the Sabha Mandap. Maharshi Harit is Seated on an aerial car. It so appears as though  Bapa Rawal were receiving the blessings of the Safe Harit by paying him obeisance.

The Glorious narrative of Shri Eklingji tells us that Shri Eklingaji has been in existence since Sat yuga. In that age Indra , the King of Goddess Nandini worshiped Eklingaji. In the Treta age, the  Kamdhenu came running to Shri Eklingji as she was afraid of Vishwamitra. She Prayed to Eklingji and the armies of Vishwamitra were defeated to the delight of Guru Vashistha. In the Dwapar age when Janamejaya performed the sacrifice of snakes, the Takshaka serpent was mortally afraid and he came to the shoulder

This Place is spiritual capital of Mewar. Perhaps in the world history, this is a rare example that the ultimate power of rule was vested with the powerful God Shiva. The Maharanas of Udaipur have ruled as a representative of Shri Eklingji. Presently the royal family has established a private trust known as Eklingji trust Shivaratri is the main festival on which thousands of devotees come here for Darshan. During the year every Monday this temlpe is croweded with devotees of Lord Shiva. The main festivals other than Shirvaratri are Pradosh, Makar Sankaranti etc. During the months of Vaishakh & Shravan special manooraths are preformed here.The chief trustee of this trust is Shri Arvind Singh Mewar , the ex-Maharana of Udaipur. In his supervision dozens of officers and workers of the trust are engaged in the management of the temple and its properties. Navratras, both of Chaitra and Ashwin attract multitudes of people here. Throughout the year on every Saturday night and Sunday, the faithful devotees visit the temple for removal of their distress.

This temple was originally built in 735 A.D. by Bapa Raval who was the founder of Mewad dynasty. It was renovated during 1473-1509 A.D. by Maharana Raymal and other monarchs. The temple of Lord Eklingji is constructed over an area of 2500 Sq.Ft. of land. Its height is 65 feet. In the construction of the temple, white marble is utilized. There is a strong wall around the temple, and over and above the main temple, there are other 108 temples.

Route:

Udaipur is connected by National Highway No. 8, the major road link between Mumbai and Delhi. The Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh Road Transport Corporation operate buses to Udaipur from various regions. Private bus companies also operate in the region during night hours. The State Transport Bus Stand is on City Station Road, NH 8, Udaipur.

Temple Timings:

4.30 am to 7.00 am and 10.30 am to 1.30 pm and 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

09460324919

Temple Address:

Sri Eklingji Temple,

N.H. 8,

Kailashpuri,

Rajasthan 313202

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