|Udaipur-jagdish-temple, beautifully stone carved images..www.inde-photo.com|
|Jagdish-Temple, Udaipur, Rajasthan India...jagdishtemple.com|
|Jagdish-Temple, Udaipur, Rajasthan India..www.ecstaticindiatours.comndiatours.com|
The Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples of India never fail to attract tourists, in particular the Hindu temples. Unlike south Indian Hindu temples that are massive and built in Indo-Dravidian style, the temple architecture of Rajasthan and Gujarat is altogether different, though they follow the same temple sastra as in the south and elsewhere; the one followed here is called ''Maru Gurjara'' architecture, commonly found in Rajasthan and Gujarat states. Though they are not massive and big, they, are simple but stunningly beautiful, ornamental and impressive.
|Decorated walls of Jagdish Templ. em.mobsea.org|
Originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai, Jagdish Temple is a Hindu Temple built by Maharana Jagat Singh (1628-53) in accordance with Hindu temple Agama Sastras. The temple is located in Udaipur city palace complex in Rajasthan near the Badi Pol entrance of the City Palace and is accessible through the elephant-flanked flight of steps made of marbles. A well-known tourist center, the temple was completed in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh and is dedicated to Jagannath (Lakshmi Narayan), Lord of the universe. The deity in the main sanctum is made from a single piece of black stone, the kind of rock rarely observed in many Hindu temples. There is an impressive brass image of Vishnu’s mount 'Garuda' facing the statue of Lord Vishnu in the main shrine as one will find similar arrangement in all Vaishnavite temples of Tamil Nadu, in particular. Other than the main temple, there are many small shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the Sun God, Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva. As part of pooja (prayer) protocol, every morning at sunrise and evening at sundown 'Deepa Aradhana' takes place which is being attended by a large gathering of devotees.l
|Jagdish Temple. Right: The decorated walls of Jagdish Mandir.en.wikipedia.org|