The visit to Kumbhalgarh Fort was very fruitful. I was advised by one of my mates to surely visit the Jagdish temple as it has some very good artworks and a good spot for photography. So I decided to visit it. Jagdish Temple lies inside the complex of the City Palace of Udaipur and is one of the largest and most famous temples of the cities. It was built in the year 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, who was the then ruler of Udaipur. The temple is made in the Indo Aryan architecture and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Laxmi.
The temple structure comprises of three storeys and is comprised of some awesome walls which are painted, decorated ceilings and carved pillars. The temple is said to be made with a sum of Rs lakhs in those times. The steeple of the temple is 79 metres high and is one of the tallest structures of Udaipur. The shikhar or the spire is decorated with sculptures of horses, elephants, dancers and musicians which make it stunning in looks. It was a pleasure to take some amazing shots of the spire from my camera.
At the entrance of the temple there are two huge elephant structures very artistically carved. The way to the main shrine of the temple is by taking a flight of 32 steps. On reaching the shrine there is a brass statue of Garuda, the half human half eagle.
He is the gatekeeper of Lord Vishnu. The main shrine houses a statue of Lord Vishnu which has a very striking look which made me very calm and soothing to view. The inner spiritual being in me was enlightened when I had a glimpse of this magnificent image. The idol of Lord Vishnu is carved out of single black stone. The serenity I felt inside the temple complex was beyond words, one need to visit this temple to experience it.
The pillars inside the temple complex were remarkable and a gem of an architecture. The exotic carvings on the walls were a treat to the eyes. We don’t get to see such temples with architectural magnificence and artistic carvings anymore in the modern days. It is quite sad this tacit knowledge has been lost. The temple is beyond doubt the most serene spiritual place I visited.
I was now headed for my next destination which was the Jagat Niwas.