Jagdish Temple Udaipur

Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur in Rajasthan, just outside the royal palace. It has been in continuous worship since 1651. A big tourist attraction, the temple was originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai but is now called Jagdish-ji. It is a major monument in Udaipur.


The Jagdish Temple is raised on a tall roof and was finished in 1651. The mandapa has another storey tucked in its pyramidal samavarna (bellroof) while the hollow clustered spire over the holy place contains two more, nonfunctional stories. To reach the main shrine, one must walk up 32 marble steps, intercepted by a Brass image of Garuda in the end, being the mount (vahana) of God Vishnu. Shree Jagdish Temple is the most beautiful example of Hindu Iconography, consisting of three stories of hand sculpted stone, with a steeple nearly 79 feet high and is the largest temple of Udaipur.

Lanes taking off from many of the sheharpanah (city wall) collect on the Jagdish Temple. It was made-up by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. Jagdish Temple is a magnificient example of either Maha Maru or Maru-Gurjara building, decorated by beautiful and ornate carvings. A short walk from the city palace will bring you to jagdish temple. The temple is a holy place has an idol of the deity Lord Jagannath, in local parlance of God Vishnu or God Krishna, sculpted out of a single black stone, resplendent with four arms, flowers and finery. Four smaller shrines, committed to Lord Ganesha, Surya, Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva form a circle around the main shrine, housing the idol of Lord Vishnu.

Jagdish temple is one of the best building amazement of the Mewar kingdom. Jagdish temple showcases the Indo- Aryan construction style. The temple is made keeping the rules of Vastushastra, the Hindu architectural science in mind. This three-storied temple is built on raised platform flaunting magnificently sculpted pillars, huge airy halls and painted walls that are adorned with various colours and intricately decorated ceilings. At the entrance, there are two big elephants statues of stone, installed to welcome the tourist. An inscription carved on the stone slab is found at the entry. Mahara Jagat Singh installed the inscribe to record his contributions to the temple.

The main temple is 79 feet high, and it aproximately controls the city’s skyline. The summit of the major temple is adorned with the statues of horsemen, elephants, musicians, and dancers who were practicing during the time when temple was established. The major temple is 32 steps away from the entrance. Here you get to see a brassiness image of Garuda, a half man, and half eagle figure. Garuda has a noteworthy significance in the Hindu religion, as it is think about that Garuda guards the gates of Lord Vishnu’s house.

The Mughal occupier have destroyed many figurines and carvings in the temple as a part of revenge upon Rajput rulers. The Mughals took to vandalism to take out their anger and frustrations on their conquer by the hands of Mewar rulers.
According to the old legends, it is believed that the marble slab in the Jagdish mandir has magical powers. If you rub your shoulder, knees, or back on the marble, you can get a fast relief against the pain. For some people, it might be hard to trust, but the beliefs associated with religion cannot be questioned.

Jagdish temple is a symbolic temple and monument which is open to all. There is no charge on the entry of the temple. You can visit the temple any time as it is open on all the seven days of the week, you will never be away from God
Timings of Jagdish temple, the temple doors open in two shifts.The first shift starts at 4:15 early in the morning till 1 in the afternoon. The second shift begins from 5:15 PM early evening till 8 PM in the late evening.