Jagdish Temple (Udaipur)
Maharana Jagat Singh built this temple between 1628-1653 at a whopping cost of Rs 1.5 million. Udaipur temple tour will take your to Jagdish temple, the famous temple of Udaipur, dedicated to Lord Jagannath, is at a great height and can be approached by a long flight of stairs.
The entrance to the temple is flanked by two massive stone elephants. The temple has a pyramidal spire (shikar), a vestible (mandap) and a porch. The spire is about 79ft high and is decorated with friezes of dancers, musicians, elephants and horsemen. The temple is a three storied structure and has 50 pillars each in the first and second storeys and is one of the largest and popular Vishnu temples in Northern India.
The interior of the temple has fine carvings and is supplemented with prominent friezes. The temple has several smaller shrines in four corners of it that are dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Shiva, the Sun God and Goddess Shakti.
A Sanskrit inscription in the porch written by Krishna Bhatt in the year 1651gives a detailed history of the reign of Maharana Jagat Singh. A huge brass image of Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu stands guard in front of the main shrine.